Jimmy Stevens will enter the fall as Oklahoma’s starter at place-kicker, according to OU’s updated depth chart, which included special teams listings, released Wednesday.
The 5-foot-6, 159-pound product of Heritage Hall High School, however, could have a battle waiting for him in the fall from Norman North walk-on Bryce Easley, who is arriving on campus this summer. Junior-college wide receiver Cameron Kenney (a former soccer player who kicked in high school and at Garden City Community College) and punter Tress Way will also get their shots at the job as well.
Speaking of punter, Way is listed as the starter there, which is no surprise. Way struggled some in the spring game, but has a big leg. Again, Kenney and Easley could press here, if Way’s struggles continue into the fall.
Junior cornerback Dom Franks and sophomore receiver Ryan Broyles are listed as the team’s punt and kick returners.
Broyles averaged 9.9 yards a punt return and scored a TD at Kansas State last season, but wasn’t part of the kick return team. Franks handled only six punt returns and didn’t return a kick last year, but showed his playmaking potential with a pair of defensive TDs (a pick against Nebraska, and a fumble return at Texas A&M).
Running backs Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray, running back/receiver Mossis Madu and Kenney will all also be part of the return game, though Bob Stoops would like to limit Brown and Murray in that role because of injury risks.
Veteran Carter Whitson, out of Shawnee, will be the holder again. Walk-ons James Winchester and Ben Hampton are listed as the top-two deep snappers in that order, but don’t forget about Derek Shaw, who has been the team’s deep snapper the last three years but was plagued last year with a foot injury.
By Jake Trotter