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.
MOORE TAKES IN CHELF
Count Clint Chelf among the former Cowboys chasing the NFL dream. Chelf, OSU’s quarterback the last half of 2013, participated in OSU’s Pro Day on Thursday. Chelf has been training in Tyler, Texas, living with Charlie Moore, a fellow 2013 senior and one of his prime passing targets.
“It's a free place to live and he's been taking care of me,” Chelf said. “It's been fun. I've just been working out down there and working out in Dallas with a quarterback coach. I’d love to keep playing. That's why I'm out here and that's why I've been training. If I'm fortunate enough to get a shot, I'm going to take advantage of that.”
Receiver Jhajuan Seales, on welcoming new players into spring practice: “It's great to come into spring … because we haven't really played with the ball much. It will be great to get around with the DBs and run around and do drills.”