SALT LAKE CITY — Perhaps the most intimidating football player to sign a national letter of intent Wednesday was, of course, a punter.
Special teams players who go up against the Miami Hurricanes might think twice about trying to block a punt after seeing the photo of Louis Hedley that circulated around Twitter after he officially signed.
Though you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, this Australian sure looks like he’s not afraid of taking anyone on.
The sophomore-to-be, who played a season at City College of San Francisco, is 6-foot-4 and weighs 215 pounds. That appears to be 215 pounds of solid muscle and body ink, by the way. Hedley has a thick neck, broad shoulders, beefy biceps and a don’t-mess-with-me moustache.
Utah also picked up another Australian, and Luke Felix-Fualalo doesn’t look like someone you’d want to mess with, either. Felix-Fualalo is a 6-foot-7, 302-pound offensive lineman who worked his way up to being a three-star recruit after moving to the U.S. to learn how to play football.
Felix-Fualalo, who played for Mater Dei High School in Los Angeles, officially signed last month.
As for the other big man from Down Under, Utah football play-by-play announcer Bill Riley joked with former Aussie punter and football analyst Tom Hackett about the new Miami athlete.
Hackett, who now works for KSL.com sports, informed Riley that Hedley is “a proud member” of the ProKick Australia program that has prepared a boatload of punters to play American football. That list includes ex-Ute Mitch Wishnowsky and new Utah recruit Ben Lennon.
Some football fans joked back to Riley and Hackett that Miami-bound Hedley looks like he’s somewhere between 35 and 40 years old — among other jokes — and ProKick Australia tweeted out a congratulations.
Hedley, a former scaffolder, apparently changed his life around and has thrived so far in college.