Quinn Sharp: Kicker and More
By John Helsley
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Like most punters and kickers, Quinn Sharp considers himself an athlete.
And in truth, in Sharp’s case, it’s probably true.
Sharp showed some speed and sure looked like he knew what he was doing Saturday night, while romping 23 yards with a fake punt that flipped the field and goosed the offense and the Boone Pickens Stadium crowd.
Knew what he was doing, for the most part.
It looked good until the end of the run that is, when Sharp awkwardly lowered his shoulder on defender Richard Morrison.
After the game, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said he’d rather Sharp avoid the hit and get out of bounds.
Then Sharp revealed a thought that suggests he does indeed know what he’s doing.
“I felt like the guy was going for my knees at the time, so I didn’t really want to take a helmet to the kneecaps,” Sharp said. “So at that moment, that’s why I lowered my shoulder and tried to nudge him off.”
No harm to Sharp, who took the blow and bounced up with no damage done.
Plenty of harm to the Wildcats, who had just scored to cut the lead to 21-7 and was preparing to get the ball back and get back to work on offense.
The play had been designed during the week to take advantage of Arizona’s aggressive approach, sending rushers hard at the shield blockers. One of OSU’s blockers, Cooper Bassett, blew up t he edge rusher off the right side, allowing Sharp to scoot free.
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