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Former HSU star setting the pace in Pro Bowl voting

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By Ray Hamill — Alex Cappa is clearly turning some heads this year.

Midway through the voting for the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl, the former Humboldt State star is leading the way among NFC guards with 31,705 votes.

Cappa is enjoying a solid year at right guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who feature a plethora of veteran NFL stars and are among the favorites in the NFC.

This week’s news, however, says plenty about how the third-year pro has developed, with Cappa receiving more votes than other stars along the Bucs offensive line, such as Ali Marpet and Ryan Jensen, as well as high-profile rookie Tristan Wirfs.

According to Pro Football Focus, Cappa is third in the league among guards in snaps played this year (748), and has yet to allow a sack.

The Dublin, CA, native, who played four outstanding years at Humboldt State, was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft and is in his second year as a starter.

With the way the Bucs are playing this year, Cappa could very well become the first Humboldt State player to play in a Super Bowl since Wendell Hayes in 1970.

And if the early voting is any indication, he is also well positioned to be named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster.

This season’s Pro Bowl was scheduled for Las Vegas in late January, but the game itself will not take place because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The NFL, however, announced recently that the Pro Bowl will be a week-long virtual event instead.

Voting continues through Dec. 17.

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