Under Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has consistently made special teams a high priority. That trend continued with the Cowboys signing of kicker/punter Matt Green of Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette High School on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder spoke with The Oklahoman about picking the Pokes and his focus on kicking.
What interested you most about playing at Oklahoma State?
It's an amazing football school. The season they had was amazing and Joe DeForest is one of the best special team coaches in the country. It will be amazing to play for him. And Oklahoma State has my major — hotel and restaurant management.
At what point did you take kicking seriously?
I have a kicking coach named George Barber. My sophomore year, I stopped kicking; I was taking defensive end more seriously and he gave me a call and said if you don't want to kick, stop now but if you want to kick you can be very good. When he said that, I decided to take it seriously. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here right now.
He's the one who helped you realize you had Division I potential?
Definitely. He said if you want to do this, you need to work, if you don't, don't waste my time. We need to make a decision now. When I said yes, things just took off.
Sound like kicking is something you work hard at; does it bother you when people act like kickers don't work as hard as the rest of the team?