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Oklahoma State football: The Sharp-er Image

Quinn Sharp is known as much for his long hair as his longer kickoffs, field goals and punts.
by John Helsley Published: November 13, 2012

— Quinn Sharp's career as a Cowboy is mostly defined by four major measurements.

Long kickoffs.

Long field goals.

Long punts.

Long hair.

As crazy as it may sound for a two-time All-American, defending Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year and candidate for the Lou Groza Award, the hair is possibly becoming more of a Sharp signature than his leg.

“Sunshine from ‘Remember the Titans,'” said Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis. “It's kind of his look now. I can't even remember the last time he didn't have it.

“The hair hanging out of the helmet, the nice cleats, it's his style. It's his mark.”

Sharp's flowing mane certainly has everyone's attention. The reddish-brown locks seem to have a “watch list” of their own.

“His hair is ridiculously long,” said OSU offensive lineman Lane Taylor. “Before, it was long hair. Now it's going down his back.”

Mind you, nobody's complaining. They're just sayin'.

And, yes, Sharp hears about it, even in the locker room.

“They fluff it when they walk by me, stuff like that,” Sharp said. “It's all in good fun.”

And Taylor's right, Sharp's hair does keep growing, extending further than ever before — with purpose.

While he's preferred the long look for some time, Sharp now has designs of doing something good with his mop, perhaps to a charity like Locks of Love, benefiting disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

“I'll probably end up donating it,” he said. “I got to a certain point with it, and it was either cut it or leave it. I've decided to stay with it. I figured I could donate it and put it to a good cause.”

Sharp said he had long hair back in high school at Summit High in Mansfield, Texas, then cut it during the summer before his senior year while playing baseball. He arrived at OSU with a crop top, before letting it go again.

Now it goes and goes and …

“It's really never been in between, I've either had a buzz cut or long hair,” Sharp said. “I don't think it looks bad. Other people can say what they want.”

The major talking points concerning Sharp remain his kicking.

His career average of 45.75 leads all active punters. After leading the country the last three years, he's produced 57 touchbacks on kickoffs. Sharp ranks fifth nationally in scoring at 11.9 points per game, leads the country with 2.22 made field goals per game and is riding a streak of 14 consecutive made attempts.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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