Oklahoma State football: OSU brings in competition for kicker Ben Grogan

OSU has brought in two junior-college kickers, Keegan Carter of Oklahoma Christian School and Ryan Weese of Olathe, Kan.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 16, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State's Ben Grogan (19) kicks s field goal late in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma State's Michael Reichenstein (59) holds during the second half of a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. OSU won 33-29.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Ben Grogan (19) kicks s field goal late in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma State's Michael Reichenstein (59) holds during the second half of a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. OSU won 33-29.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Ben Grogan struggled as the OSU kicker last season as a freshman, making 11 of 18 field-goal attempts, with five misses from less than 40 yards.

Now OSU has brought in two junior-college kickers, Keegan Carter of Oklahoma Christian School and Ryan Weese of Olathe, Kan. Carter, who started his career at Texas Tech, transferred from Northeastern A&M Junior College. Weese transferred from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. OSU a year ago brought in another walk-on from NEO, Kevin King of Jenks. Neither is on scholarship.

“We always try to bring in as many walk-ons on special teams as possible,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “And we’ll have some others come in in the fall.”

Gundy said it’s open competition, much like a wrestling room. Most football positions have all kinds of nuances. Not kicker. Whoever kicks best in practice will be the kicker.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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