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OSU pro day notebook: Quinn Sharp disappointed in performance

Former Cowboys kicker has a rare subpar performance during Tuesday's pro day.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: March 12, 2013

As most of the participants in Oklahoma State's Pro Day went through the shuttle run, Quinn Sharp passed the time by booming a handful of practice field goals. Then he took a seat on the turf near the sideline.

He'd have to wait another hour before he could perform for scouts. And the result was a rare subpar showing for arguably the nation's best all-around collegiate kicker, as Sharp shanked more than one field goal and kickoff attempt.

Sharp verbalized his disappointment after the workout, but wouldn't blame it on the extended down time.

“It wasn't really the best part of the day,” Sharp said. “But you have games like that, too. You wake up in the morning and you've got night games. So you've got to be used to it, you've got to be prepared when the moment comes.”

Sharp said his exact niche in the NFL largely depends on where he ends up, and that individual workouts over the next few weeks should provide some clarity.

“(Those teams will) kind of target more areas of what they want me to do,” Sharp said.


After three seasons as a Cowboy defensive lineman, Cooper Bassett spent Tuesday running routes on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium once again.

Bassett is attempting to make the transition back to tight end, the position he was recruited to play at OSU out of high school.

Bassett said he'll be forever grateful that former Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young allowed him to switch to defensive line after OSU underwent its offensive makeover — installing an Air Raid spread system that rarely utilizes a tight end — in 2010. But when scouts came to watch the Cowboys practice last season, strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass told Bassett they often asked if he had ever played tight end.

That first instilled the idea of trying to make it in the NFL at that position in Bassett's head. And he feels tight end is ultimately a better fit for his skill set.

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