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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

8/10/12 Starting kicker named:
"One of Oklahoma State's kicking duties has been filled, as coach Mike Gundy said following Saturday's scrimmage that true freshman Ben Grogan will be the Cowboys' field goal kicker when they open the season against Mississippi State.The reason, at least partially, is because Gundy revealed that sophomore Bobby Stonebraker is 'not with (the team) right now.' But Grogan came to Stillwater with expectations to compete for the job right away, as he was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 9 kicker in the nation by Rivals in the 2013 recruiting class. 'I like his demeanor up to this point,' Gundy said of Grogan. 'It's really early, but in fairness, he kicked good (Saturday). Not great. But he kicked good. I was pleased with his field goals and his PATs for his first scrimmage'.”
Kicker: Bobby Stonebraker, junior (Tuttle, OK / Tuttle HS)
A walk-on with a big leg ... Will be looking to make his first serious contributions this fall as he battles for kicking chores.
Spring Game:  kicked a 29 yard field goal and two extra points
"During this offseason I've been working out and conditioning with the team and on my own I've been training hard practicing field goals and kickoffs to win both jobs this season. My goals/plans this season are to start for field goals and kickoffs and have a great season when I do. Also my goal is to be one of the top five kickers this year."
Kicker/punter: Kip Smith, junior (Broomfield, CO / Legacy HS / UCLA)
Transfer student in the mix for both the starting kicker and starting punter positions.
2011 (UCLA): Earned the starting kicker job during fall camp and played the first two games of the season before sustaining a year-ending leg injury ... Knocked in field goals of 38 and 20 yards against San Jose State and was seven for eight on PATs prior to his injury. 
Kicker/punter: Ben Grogan, freshman (Arlington, TX / Martin HS)
Competing with Stonebraker and Smith for the kicking job.
High school: Consensus top kicker in the state of Texas who can also serve as a punter ... Earned class 5A first-team all-state honors by the Associated Press Sports Editors after he connected on nine-of-11 field goals with a long of 56 yards and was a perfect 40-for-40 on PAT attempts his senior year ... Three-star prospect by both and ... ranks him as the No. 9 kicker in the nation and has him at No. 15 nationally ... Knocked in eight-of-10 field goal attempts with a long of 52 yards and added 25-of-25 PATs his junior year ... Also played soccer... Once kicked a PAT using the old-time drop-kick style
Punter: Michael Reichenstein, senior (Dallas, TX / Jesuit College Prep)
Second-team punter each of the past three seasons behind All-American Quinn Sharp and will have the chance to win the job this fall.
Media Day: "I'm really excited for it. We have a lot of seniors and a lot of returning starters. We've gotten a lot of press and high rankings so it's going to be a great year. I'm really excited for my senior year, and we are ready to finish it."
Long snapper: Connor Sinko, senior (Tulsa, OK / Cascia Hall HS)
2012: Completed his second season as the ranking snapper on field goals and extra points.
"With the exception of my family and really close friends, if anyone doesn't know who I am, it means I am doing my job, and it's the best compliment a snapper can get is playing anonymous." 
Long snapper: Andrew Suter, senior (Sugar Land. TX / Clements HS) 
2012: Concluded his second season as OSU's snapper on punts.

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