Oklahoma State football notebook: Calvin Barnett says defensive shift was automatic

by John Helsley Published: August 22, 2013
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SMITH CLAIMS PUNTING JOB

Kip Smith has emerged as OSU's regular punter, Gundy revealed on Thursday, completing the special teams vacancies left by Quinn Sharp.

Smith, who will also handle kickoffs, is a transfer from UCLA who sat out last season. A junior, Smith earned the starting kicker job with the Bruins as a redshirt freshman in 2011 and kicked in the first two games before suffering a season-ending leg injury.

Originally from Broomfield, Colo., he earned All-America honors from Parade magazine and USA Today and was ranked as the No. 1 kicker in the country as a prep recruit.

True freshman Ben Grogan will handle field goals and extra points.

YURCICH ‘JUST A LITTLE PIECE' OF THE PUZZLE

Until the OSU offense continues to post big numbers – or fails – one major spotlight will focus on new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, partly because he's new, but also because he's making the move from Division II Shippensburg State.

Predictably, questions about his move up were prevalent again Thursday.

“We're just trying to win games here,” Yurcich said. “I'm just a little piece of a big puzzle, honestly. We're just trying to work together and win some ball games, so it's not about one person.

“We just need to do what it takes, be organized and detailed in our work. It's my job to prepare our guys and have them ready to go on the field.”


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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