STILLWATER — Dan Bailey was many things at Southwest Covenant High School, a tiny private Christian school in Yukon. He was class valedictorian, an individual state champion in golf, a member of the National Honor Society and an All-State and all-conference kicker for the football team.
Out of necessity, he also did a little building on the side.
See, at Southwest Covenant High School, which has fewer than 300 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, there's no football stadium. The eight-man football team plays in other schools' stadiums.
That was no big deal, Bailey said. The problem for the aspiring kicker was the absence of uprights.
"So we had to make goal posts ourselves,” Bailey said. "We just got some pipe and welded it together and put some cement in the ground and stuck it down. I think it was my junior year when we finally made some.”
When Oklahoma State kicks off its season at Washington State on Saturday, Bailey will be the starter on kickoffs and field goals. That's no small feat considering he had to compete for the job against freshman Quinn Sharp, a Texan who rivals.com listed as the top kicker in the class of 2008.
"Quinn's really talented, and we've been competing back and forth pretty hard,” Bailey said. "He's been pushing me every day. The offseason went really well.”
Special teams coordinator Joe DeForest said that's an understatement.
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