Oklahoma State football: Cowboys expected to get another superb kicker

Ben Grogan of Arlington Martin can boom field goals from 50 yards away; he's a touchback machine on kickoffs.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 3, 2013


photo - Martin kicker Ben Grogan (14) kicks off against Sam Houston in high school football action at Cravens Field in Arlington, Texas Friday night, November 2, 2012.   (Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News) ORG XMIT: DMN1211022145410649
Martin kicker Ben Grogan (14) kicks off against Sam Houston in high school football action at Cravens Field in Arlington, Texas Friday night, November 2, 2012. (Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News) ORG XMIT: DMN1211022145410649

Added Wager: “Kickers can be quirky guys, and he's not quirky. His thought process in regards to what he does is very simple, but brilliant.”

Grogan comes from a Martin program that has produced three Division I kickers in six years, including TCU's Jaden Oberkrom, an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2012.

Grogan overtook Oberkrom as the team's starting kicker midway through last season.

As a senior, Grogan made six field goals in one game, including two 52-yarders and a 56-yarder, his career best. Wager insists that anytime Grogan does not record a touchback on a kickoff, it's because he's been instructed to try to pin the opponent inside the 15-yard line. Wager also thinks Grogan might be a better punter than kicker.

So now, Grogan will depart a high school kicking power and move on to a college kicking power, a school that within the past five seasons has produced a Ray Guy winner in Matt Fodge, a Lou Groza winner in Dan Baliey and a two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in Sharp.

Former assistant Doug Meacham was the first OSU coach to scout Grogan. But Grogan particularly liked the emphasis Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy places on special teams, and his involvement in that phase of the game.

He also considered other unique-yet-important factors for a kicker when making his decision to come to Stillwater, such as the configuration of Boone Pickens Stadium and the way the wind blows in the fall.

By Sunday, the YouTube clip of Grogan's drop kick had reached more than 734,000 views.

By the fall, Wager expects Grogan to be kicking or punting — or both — for the Cowboys.

“I don't care if we're talking about kickoffs, field goals or punts,” Wager said, “when the ball comes off of this guy's foot, you can tell by the sound of it that he knows what he's doing. He's good. He's really good.

“I would be shocked if he doesn't make an immediate impact next year, and I have every confidence he'll keep playing (in the NFL) once he graduates from there.”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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