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Monday, October 12, 2015

Oklahoma State Cowboys Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

October 12, 2015 - punter Zach Sinor named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
"Sinor had eight punts for an average of 44.9 yards, with three of his punts being downed inside the Mountaineers' 20-yard line. His last three punts were 49 yards, 52 yards and 50 yards." - NewsOK

October 3, 2015 - Ben Grogan kicks game winner over Kansas State
"Ben Grogan kicked a 37-yard field goal through the west uprights at Boone Pickens Stadium with 32 seconds left to give the Oklahoma State Cowboys a 36-34 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. The game-winning kick followed Grogan's a week ago in the Cowboys' 30-27 win against Texas. In the OSU’s last three Big 12 games, the junior has made a game-winner. 'I think having last week under my belt was a huge help,' Grogan said. 'I kinda had the same mindset as last week. … Everyone on the field-goal unit did their job, which made it a whole lot easier. It’s a blast, especially being at home and being able to do what my team needs me to do.' Grogan improved to 9-for-11 on field goal attempts this season and has made eight straight." - Ocolly

September 28, 2015 - kicker Ben Grogan named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
"Grogan connected on two pressure-packed field goals in the last 1:33 to first tie the game, and then deliver victory. Grogan knocked in a 34-yard field goal earlier in the game. His game-tying field goal came from 41 yards out and his game-winner was from 40. When his three successful PATs are added, he scored 12 of OSU's 30 points. On the year, Grogan has converted on eight of 10 field goals and is three of four from beyond 40 yards." - Cowboys

September 26, 2015 - Ben Grogan kicks game winner over Texas
"When the snap bounced off the Texas punter’s facemask, a scenario that played out in Ben Grogan’s mind just moments earlier had suddenly come to life. He couldn’t predict how it would happen. Only his response should it happen. Oklahoma State’s kicker visualized a game-winner sailing through the uprights in front of more than 87,000 in Austin just as the Cowboys recovered that botched fourth-quarter punt at the Texas 18-yard line, tied at 27 with 36 seconds on the clock. 'It was a surprise,' Grogan said, 'but at the same time, I was ready.' Grogan proved it in the Cowboys' 30-27 victory. It all started with the Longhorns' mistake. He watched it unfold as he stretched a few yards behind his teammates on the north sideline near his closest colleagues among the Cowboys — long snapper Kaleb Smith and placeholder Bryant Reber. Then, it was business as usual. 'You can’t let anything else get the better of you or change anything you do,' Grogan said. 'I just go through my normal routine, kick a couple and then just hang out. Wait for my turn to do my job.' About 10 feet to Grogan’s left was a front-row frenzy of burnt orange fans hurling obscenities in an attempt to get inside the junior kicker’s head. 'It’s kind of all just jumbled yelling,' Grogan said. 'I can’t really make out much. It’s just kind of background noise. That’s kind of what it has to be for me'." - NewsOK

May 27, 2015 - kicker Matt Ammendola commits
"A four-year letterman in soccer as well will likely compete first for the kickoff job. His trick field goal on video and his drop kicks show a very strong leg. In high school he had 80 percent touchbacks on his kickoffs as a junior and last season sent 41-of-51 kickoffs out of the end zone. He averaged 72.8 yards on kickoffs and from the college mark that is putting it eight yards deep in the end zone. Ammendola also kicked a school record 56-yard field goal, breaking the old record held by current Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. He was 7-of-11 on field goals as a junior and last season set another school record with nine made field goals." - Scout

April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Matt Hockett, a redshirt freshman, hit a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter and made a 25-yarder in the first quarter. He was the primary kicker because Ben Grogan was held out with a minor hip injury." - News Tribune
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April 14, 2015 - spring specialists
"Junior Ben Grogan headlines Oklahoma State's group of specialists, but he is not the only returning starter in this area. Sophomore Kaleb Smith, who handled snaps on placements, is back, as is senior Josh Elias, who snaps on punts. The only specialist not returning from a year ago is punter/kickoff man Kip Smith. Grogan was perhaps the most improved player on the OSU roster from 2013 to 2014 and he was recognized as one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award presented to the nation's top kicker.... Candidates to replace Smith include redshirt freshman Zach Sinor and walk-on Matt Hockett, neither of whom have seen game action to this point of their careers. Sinor was generally regarded as the top punter coming out of the state of Texas after his senior year at Medina Valley HS. Hockett was an all-state selection by The Oklahoman and the coaches at Norman HS." - Cowboys

December 6, 2014 - Ben Grogan kicks OT game winner over Oklahoma

"Grogan, OSU’s sophomore kicker, hadn’t even attempted a field goal since late October, but knew – barring a disaster – he’d soon be needed against the Sooners. Soon enough, too, Grogan booted through a 21-yard field goal to clinch the Cowboys’ stunning 38-35 win. 'I knew I would be kicking a field goal or an extra point, something,' Grogan said. 'I knew I was going to kick in overtime. So I knew I needed to go through my regular warm-up and know I’m about to kick and not think of it is anything more than that, that I’m about to go out there and do my job.' As if maintaining calm and perspective, in Bedlam no less, is at all easy. 'It can be hard, especially if you haven’t had the experience,' Grogan said. 'But after doing it for a while, you know you can’t let it enter your mind at any point at all.' So after OU’s Michael Hunnicutt missed a 44-yard try first in overtime, Grogan pounded pretend field goals into the net behind the Cowboys bench, mere feet from Sooners fans in the stands. 'They were trying to get to me,' Grogan said, 'but it wasn’t any big deal.' Neither was the kick, especially after the Cowboys offense moved the ball to the 4, making Grogan’s recent field goal inactivity a non-factor. 'I think being able to still kick PATs and get live reps in a game, the steps are the same,' Grogan said. 'The swings the same for PATs and field goals. It wasn’t like I hadn’t played a game in a while. And the field goal itself was basically an extra point. So having all those live reps made it easier'." - The Oklahoman

October 14, 2014 - kicker Ben Grogan
"Grogan, once a subject of concern and even some boo birds inside Boone Pickens Stadium, now fits the profile of the premier kicker Oklahoma State coaches thought they had when they plucked him out of Arlington Martin High School two years ago. His average of 2.33 made field goals per game is tied for the national lead with West Virginia’s Josh Lambert, and his 11.2 points per game rank fourth nationally — first among kickers. Grogan recently drilled 12 straight field-goal attempts, a streak ended only when No. 13 was partially blocked a week ago at Kansas when protection broke down. 'It’s definitely been a whole lot better, especially compared to last season,' Grogan said. 'A whole lot more fun, too'." - The Oklahoman

September 10, 2014 - kicker Ben Grogan fixes plant
"After missing three field goals in two games, Grogan pinpointed the issue as a problem with his plant foot, which he said was 'turned in' a little bit, causing his right leg to cross over. All three of Grogan’s misses — a 42-yarder against Florida State and 51- and 46-yarders versus Missouri State — landed wide left. Grogan also made four field goals against the Bears, making him 5-for-8 for the season and 16-for-26 in his 15-game career. But he has missed all three kicks from 40 or more yards this season and is 2-for-8 from 40-plus lifetime.... OSU lists two other kickers on its roster: freshman Matt Hockett and junior Kevin King. But coach Mike Gundy expressed confidence in Grogan and his ability to correct his mistakes. 'I think they’re all correctable,' Gundy said Monday. 'I don’t pretend to know the exact technique and fundamentals of what kickers do, but he understands.' The good news is Grogan’s kicks have had plenty of leg. He also feels the issue was easily correctable, to the point he thinks he already has it fixed." - Tulsa World

August 9, 2014 - punter Kip Smith lands scholarship
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy announced Saturday that three players who began summer camp as walk-ons have been given scholarships.... (including) senior punter Kip Smith.... Smith was the Cowboys’ featured punter and kickoff specialist last season, averaging 40.8 yards per punt and 60 yards per kick." - News OK

April 10, 2014 - punter Kip Smith
“I’m really focused on punting,' Smith said. 'Last year was my first year with punting, really, even though I had a pretty strong leg. It wasn’t that I didn’t necessarily know exactly where the ball was going, but I was kind of inconsistent with punting the ball last year, so I’m going to be busy working on that and working on the fundamentals of punting. I’m getting a real hang of it, especially with the drop and directional stuff behind it, so I’m feeling much more comfortable with it now.' And with spring drills concluding, Smith said he’ll remain committed to improving. 'I’ve got a little side job, just to make a little money,” he said. “Mostly, I’ll be working out here at OSU and kicking a lot. When the season comes, it’ll hopefully just be second nature to me. I’m also going to a couple of kicking camps'.” - News OK

March 16, 2014 - JUCO kickers Keegan Carter and Ryan Weese added
"Ben Grogan struggled as the OSU kicker last season as a freshman, making 11 of 18 field-goal attempts, with five misses from less than 40 yards. Now OSU has brought in two junior-college kickers, Keegan Carter of Oklahoma Christian School and Ryan Weese of Olathe, Kan. Carter, who started his career at Texas Tech, transferred from Northeastern A&M Junior College. Weese transferred from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. OSU a year ago brought in another walk-on from NEO, Kevin King of Jenks. Neither is on scholarship. 'We always try to bring in as many walk-ons on special teams as possible,' OSU coach Mike Gundy said. 'And we’ll have some others come in in the fall.' Gundy said it’s open competition, much like a wrestling room." - The Oklahoman

February 5, 2014 - punter Zach Sinor signs
"Sinor projects as a punter in college. Sinor, like most specialists, wasn't followed closely on the recruiting trail but Oklahoma State has a long track record with identifying strong kicking talent in the high school ranks. He was an all-district performer and averaged 44.5 yards per punt as a junior. Oklahoma State was Sinor's only scholarship offer but he received interest from Iowa State, Texas A&M and Tulsa. 'He has an amazing skill set of being able to down people, directionally kick, pooch punt and some of those things that we really need our punter to be able to do.' - Singleton" - NewsOn6

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