Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Oklahoma Sooners.
8/4/13: head coach Mike Gundy
“I don't feel like we'll have a guy that will do both — kick and punt.… In the next 7-10 days or so, I would like to be able to say, ‘This guy's our kicker, this guy's our punter, now go out there and execute and perform,' and build our philosophy around those guys.”Kicker: Michael Hunnicutt, junior (Richardson, TX / Pearce HS)
"Hunnicutt was named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. He hit 17 of 21 field goals as a sophomore last year, with a long of 45. He made 57 of 59 extra-point tries. Hunnicutt led the nation with 10 field goals between 30 and 39 yards."
He went back to his hometown of Dallas during the summer and worked with the same coach he kicked with through his high school years. He went to Arizona and worked another camp, too. All with the same goal in mind: 'Just repeating the same motion every time,' Hunnicutt said. 'Working the same drills, trying to get the same leg swing every time.' Just trying to be consistent. 'I want to be all-conference this season,' he said. 'Help my team, and hopefully it's all extra points, but if a field goal comes up, I want to knock that through'."Kicker: Nick Hodgson, junior (N. Richland Hills, TX / N. Richland Hills HS)
High school: during his senior year he hit 7 of 11 field goals with along of 42, made 30 of 32 extra points, and averaged 52.0 yards on 42 kickoffsKicker: Eric Hosek, sophomore (Sherman, TX / Sherman HS)
High school: received all-state, all-DFW area, Herald Democrat All-Texomaland and all-district honors for both the 2009 and 2010 football seasonsPunter: Jed Barnett, junior (Camas, WA / Laney College)
Competing for the punting job which is open following the graduation of Tress Way.
"This offseason I have been working with our team on speed, agility, and strength. As well, I spent a lot of time working with my snapper to get our operation time to where it needs to be and where it feels smooth. I also spent some time training with other collegiate kickers and punters working on fundamentals. I have focused alot of this summer on my drop and steps and I am taking that into camp and season with me. As well, I've worked on my mental game quite a bit. I have also grown a lot in faith and that has helped me grow as a person and as a punter. Being a great situational punter is a big goal for me this year as well as being a consistent player my team can count on."Punter: Jack Steed, freshman (Katy, TX / Cinco Ranch HS)
High school: a two-year all-District 19-5A selection and earned first-team all-Greater Houston honors in his senior season
"During this offseason I have been doing a lot of weight training, running, and punting. My goals are to continue to improve and push my teammates to get better. Our goal is to win the national championship."Punter: Dylan Seibert, sophomore (Tulsa, OK / Booker T. Washington HS)
High school: Seibert's punting and kicking helped Booker T. Washington win Class 5A state football titles in 2008 and 2010Long snapper/OL: Austin Woods, senior (Rockwall, TX / Rockwall-Heath HS)
Returning starter who snapped each of the past three seasons.
"A lot of it is up here, between your ears,' Woods said, 'you know, your attitude and the heart you have and just the mentality you attack every day with.' During early spring practices [last year], the junior offensive lineman felt something wasn't right. 'I thought it was mono. I didn't know what it was,' he said. In late April, Woods was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer....
Despite the harsh rounds of chemotherapy, Woods continued to excel on the field and in the classroom, doing well enough to be named an academic All-American....
In early October, Woods announced that his cancer was in remission. 'Done with chemo!!! Thanks everyone for all the support throughout all my treatments!' he tweeted."