Breakdown A down year for OU in punting has been overshadowed by the problems at place-kicking and kickoff coverage. Last year, Mike Knall averaged 43.7 yards per punt after beating out Michael Cohen.
This year, Knall is only averaging 35.8 yards a punt. The punting unit had its worst performance at Kansas State, when veteran deep snapper Derek Shaw struggled with his accuracy. That led to a 23.2-yard punting average and gave K-State several short fields. Against Texas, Knall’s second-half fake punt run fell short, largely due to a missed block by Jermaine Gresham. That set up the Longhorns up on a scoring drive to give them their first lead of the game.