Bob Stoops indicates Jimmy Stevens will remain kicker

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says he's sticking with kicker Jimmy Stevens despite another costly missed field goal in the loss Saturday at Missouri.
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, Modified: October 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm •  Published: October 25, 2010

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops seemed to indicate after Monday's practice that Jimmy Stevens will remain the Sooners' field-goal kicker this week, despite missing a crucial 30-yarder at Missouri.

When asked if Patrick O'Hara, who lost his job as OU's field-goal kicker before the third game of the season due to a muscle strain, would get another crack, Stoops replied, "We'll see. He hasn't been ... Practice matters, too. If you you're not consistent in practice, nothing gives me the idea you're going to be consistent in the game."

Stoops admitted he continues to be frustrated by OU's struggles with field goals, especially in pressure situations.

"It is frustrating," Stoops said. "It's a huge part of the game. Momentum, score. It's a big deal. You got the wind, 30-yarder, chip shot, you have a chance (to tie the game)."

When asked if the Sooners would consider offering another scholarship to a kicker this recruiting class, Stoops didn't rule out the possibility, even though OU currently already has two kickers (Stevens, Way) on scholarship.

"You know, sure," Stoops said. "It's something always that's looked at."

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