High schools: Norman North's Preston Couch, Redford Jones battling for punting job

Norman North's Preston Couch was probably the most decorated punter in the state after his performances over the summer in a couple of camps, but he might not wind up being the best punter on his own team.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 22, 2012
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— Norman North's Preston Couch was probably the most decorated punter in the state after his performances over the summer in a couple of camps.

He was named to the Ray Guy/ProKicker.com top 100 prospect list in June. Earlier this month, he was named to a preseason All-American watch list by the same site.

Couch, though, might not wind up being the best punter on his own team.

Couch and Redford Jones, both seniors, are locked in a battle to handle the punting duties for the Timberwolves.

Both will play elsewhere — Jones made the same watch list for kickers while Couch is the team's starting center — but competing for the punting job isn't something either takes lightly.

Jones thinks even when the punter for the season opener next week against Norman is decided, the competition will continue.

“I think we're going to be fighting for the position each week,” Jones said. “It's just going to come down to whoever's kicking better that week.”

Jones came to kicking through what has become the traditional route.

The longtime soccer player decided to give kicking a try in seventh grade and wound up winning the job.

He's stuck with soccer, helping Norman North win both state and national titles last year with an undefeated record.

But despite soccer being his first love, his heart is now drawn to football.

He made the decision over the summer to give up soccer — including his senior season with the defending champions — to concentrate on the opportunity to kick in college.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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