With the news that Quinn Sharp won’t play for Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, the question is: What do the Cowboys do? Who should punt for the Pokes?
Anyone but Dan Bailey. And here’s why:
Dana Holgorsen remains on board to run his offense and call plays against Arizona. This season, Bailey is averaging 2.3 field goal attempts per game and 5.5 extra point attempts per game. So that’s around eight kicks per game. Then add roughly eight kickoffs (OSU averages 8.16 per game) so that’s double the normal work for Bailey.
Then you want to add punting duties too? I wouldn’t.
Give Michael Reichenstein a shot, again partly because there’s no reason to believe Dana Holgorsen’s offense will be stopped, it’s been pretty outstanding all season (at least West Virginia thought so…). Sharp averaged 3.8 punts per game and had four different games where he punted two times or less.
So have Reichenstein punt and let Bailey worry strictly about the kicking duties, just in case you need him to line up and nail a game-winning kick like against Texas A&M.