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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Draft Preview: Dan Bailey

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Bailey's profile page on the Cowboys' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Won the Lou Groza Award as America's top kicker
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year
  • He entered the program as a walk-on and leaves OSU as the school's all-time leading scorer with 370 points
  • His 27 field goals in 2010 set a single-season school record
  • Ranked no. 2 nationally in scoring with 11.6 points per game
2009 Junior Season
  • Was 4-of-4 on three-pointers against Missouri, including a career-long 51-yarder
  • Hit 10 of his last 12 and one of the misses came from 53 yards
  • Along with his 51-yarder, he also converted from 48 and 42 yards at Iowa State
  • Led OSU with 85 points and was fith among Big 12 kickers in that category
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Had a string of 10 straight converted field goals snapped in the Holiday Bowl
  • Finished second in the Big 12 with a 78.9 conversion percentage on field-goal attempts
  • Was 15-of-17 inside the 50
2007 Freshman Season
  • Ended the season by connecting on two of his four field-goal attempts with both misses coming from beyond 40 yards
High School
  • An all-state and all-conference kicker and a first-team all-city punter (as selected by The Oklahoman)
  • Had 51 touchbacks in 61 kickoffs as a senior
  • Holds high school's records for longest field goal (50 yards), most field goals in a season (seven) and career (14)
  • Class valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society

2010: 27 of 31 (87.1%) FGs; 68 of 70 PATs; 149 points
2009: 13 of 18 (72.2%) FGs; 46 of 46 PATs; 85 points
2008: 15 of 19 (78.9%) FGs; 65 of 65 PATs; 110 points
2007: 2 of 4 (50.0%) FGs; 20 of 20 PATs; 26 points

At the end of last year, Bailey reflected on his college career:
"When I came in here, I thought if I worked hard and stuck with it, I’d play two years, maybe, and I didn’t know if that would be doing kickoffs or field goals or whatever. So to play four years and to have success as a team those four years, it’s exceeded any expectations I had. So I’ve just been enjoying it all....
I try not to think about it too much. It’s exciting, but it’s also kind of sad. I’ve enjoyed my four years here, so it’s kind of sad to see it go. But I’m also excited about what the next six months has in store."
At the Cowboys' Pro day last month he discussed the task at hand:
"Consistency is probably the main thing. You can do it all year, but you've got to come out here and perform, too. Kickoffs are important, too. Anybody can kick field goals, so you've got to be able to kick off as well.''

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