NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops regularly talked up the leg of walk-on kicker Michael Hunnicutt during preseason camp. Like in the case of Sooners star of the moment, running back Dominique Whaley, Stoops was not just riffing.
Hunnicutt kicked off a couple of times against Tulsa, even though teammates had been raving about Patrick O'Hara's boot. Hunnicutt also kicked an extra point and a short field goal late in the game – something that presumably had to do with starter Jimmy Stevens badly missing an extra point in the first half.
The door is open to some extent for Hunnicutt, a redshirt freshman from Richardson, Texas.
“(It was) not one last look,” Stoops said, referring to Hunnicutt's 27-yarder with 11:52 left in Saturday's game. “I told you all through camp Hunnicutt's been hitting the ball well.
“We had a lot of kicks, so why not get him some? I want to keep bringing him along. I feel good about him. I may keep doing that.”
Stoops was asked if that meant more field goal tries in games in the coming weeks. (Top-ranked OU is off this week.)
“That's what I just said,” he said.
Perhaps the most impressive part about Hunnicutt's field goal – it certainly wasn't the distance – was the fact he was not thrown off by a low snap that was trapped and barely set up in time by holder Nyko Symonds.