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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Draft Preview: Quinn Sharp

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

Excerpts from Sharp's profile page on the Cowboys' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Led the nation in touchbacks on kickoffs each of his four seasons
  • His candidacy for the Ray Guy Award was hindered throughout his career when his name disappeared from the NCAA statistics because he did not have enough attempts to qualify
  • His punting averages over the last three seasons are the top three in OSU history
  • Lou Groza Award Semifinalist 
  • First-Team All-Big 12 Kicker & Punter
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year
  • AFCA All-America Kicker & Walter Camp Second-Team All-America kicker  
  • Had 19 punts in excess of 50 yards with just two touchbacks
  • Eighteen of his punts were downed inside the 20
  • In soggy conditions at Kansas, he averaged 53 yards on five punts, including a 73-yarder
  • Tied an OSU record with five field goals against TCU
  • Closed the season by connecting on 18 of his final 19 three-point attempts
  • Led the nation with 2.15 field goals per game and was the nation's second leading scorer with 156 points
2011 Junior Season
  • Lou Groza Award Semifinalist 
  • First-Team All-Big 12 Punter & Kicker 
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year
  • 2011 FWAA All-America Kicker
  • His field-goal percentage of .880 ranked seventh nationally after he went 22-of-25
  • Hit 79-of-80 extra points and set an OSU record by going 10-for-10 on extra points against Kansas 
  • Ended the season with 21 punts in excess of 50 yards with a pair of 60 yarders (one each vs. Texas and Kansas)
  • Hit the game-winning 19-yard field goal vs. Stanford to end the Fiesta Bowl in overtime
  • Converted four field goals (4-for-4) in his debut as the Cowboy kicker against Louisiana
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Ray Guy Award Semifinalist 
  • First-Team All-Big 12 Punter 
  • FWAA All-America Punter 
  • Helped OSU finish third nationally in net punting (41 yards per boot)
  • Of his 46 punts, only four went for touchbacks with 16 fair catches, 15 downed inside the opponent's 20 and 14 in excess of 50 yards
  • Against the Cornhuskers, his 78-yard punt was accompanied by a 60-yarder, 61-yarder and 59-yarder
  • Against Kansas State, four of his punts were downed inside the 10
2009 Freshman Season
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12
  • 27 punts in excess of 50 yards including four over 60 yards
  • Averaged 50.8 yards on eight punts in the Cotton Bowl, including a 63-yarder ... That effort included four punts downed inside the Ole Miss 20
  • Had 24 punts downed inside the opponents' 20 with only four touchbacks, and 12 punts resulted in fair catches
  • Received the College Football Performance Award as the nation's top kickoff specialist at the conclusion of his freshman season ... Led the nation with 35 touchbacks on kickoffs
High School
  • In the kicker ratings, Sharp was listed second in leg strength and first in accuracy and was ranked as the nation's top kicker
  • A Texas 5A all-stater
  • Selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
  • selected him as the nation's second best prospect among kickers
  • Connected on 11 of his 13 field-goal attempts in 2007, including a 55-yardeR
  • Averaged 45 yards on his punts as a junior

College Stats:
2012: 44 punts, 46.3 yard average, long of 74 yards
2011: 47 punts, 46.3 yard average, long of 60 yards
2010: 46 punts, 46.2 yard average, long of 78 yards
2009: 67 punts, 45.1 yard average, long of 67 yards

Sharp is aware that his versatility is a strength, as he noted heading into the NFL Scouting Combine in February:
“Not many guys can do all three and excel like I have. I’ve averaged just over 45 yards for my four years of punting, kicked over 80 percent for my two years of field goals and led the nation all years in touchbacks.”

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