Continuing our series looking at Oklahoma State’s most important players for the 2013 season.
No. 4: Ben Grogan, kicker
Grogan — not “whoever kicks” — was on this list from the get-go, because the general expectation was that the true freshman would likely win this job right away. Gundy validated that by naming Grogan the starting kicker for the season opener following Saturday’s scrimmage.
The next task for Grogan? Replacing Quinn Sharp. Or at least partially, as Grogan is not expected to punt or kick off. But with the Cowboys’ high-powered offense, Grogan is sure to get plenty of work this season.
Grogan was a three-star recruit and rated the No. 9 kicker in the nation by Rivals. His big leg was fully on display at Arlington (Texas) Martin High School, where as a junior, he beat out preseason All-Big 12 kicker Jaden Oberkrom for the starting job.
Settling the other kicking jobs is important as the Cowboys wrap up fall camp. But punts and kickoffs don’t score points.
Grogan’s mental approach, in addition to his skills, has been lauded by high school coach Bob Wager. That all will need to translate at the college level in order for OSU to continue its recent tradition of strong kickers.
Here’s our countdown so far:
13. Jake Jenkins, center
12. J.W. Walsh, quarterback
11. Shaun Lewis, linebacker
10. Blake Jackson, inside receiver
9. Tyler Johnson, defensive end
8. Lyndell Johnson, strong safety
7. Tracy Moore, wide receiver
6. Calvin Barnett, defensive tackle
5. Justin Gilbert, cornerback/kick returner
4. Ben Grogan, kicker