Athlete profile: Luke Daly

Luke Daly’s story as a football player started in sixth grade when his next-door neighbor, a high school football coach, saw great potential in him as a kicker. “I played soccer and would shoot goals in my yard, and my next door neighbor asked if I had ever kicked a football,” he recalled.

From then on, his family, coaches and teammates encouraged him to continue his athletics in football for his high school team. Now a sophomore here at MSU, Daly has become the kicker for the Bobcat football team. He said he chose MSU because he felt it was important to compete in the state he calls home. Originally from Billings, he is the youngest of four children to parents who are both MSU alumni. Although he played soccer and football in high school, Daly has a strong passion for football and wanted to play in college. His parents are within traveling distance to come watch his games, which instills a continuous sense of home, making him loyal to his community, not only in Bozeman but in Montana.

By remaining passionate about the sport and realizing what he values most, Daly accrues great success in his athletics. He was recently awarded the Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week.

His teammates help to continually fuel his love for the sport. “I enjoy being around the team this year because the camaraderie is strong. Everyone is always encouraging and everyone is always working their hardest. We are really good because of our depth and our competitive roster and because we are all friends.”

In the future, he wants to become an All-American and has dreams of eventually kicking in the NFL. Academically, Daly’s goals are to go to dental school.

With such a supportive group around him and big plans in his midst, the Bobcat football team has many good things to see from Daly. “My next-door neighbor told me I would be kicking in college, and now I’m kicking in college,” he said. For Daly, there is nowhere but up.