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OSU notebook: Pickens checks in at practice

BY JOHN HELSLEY AND JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer,; Published: August 15, 2011

*Davey O'Brien Award (nation's most outstanding quarterback): Weeden.

*Rimington Award (nation's best center): Grant Garner.

*Ray Guy Award (nation's best punter): Quinn Sharp.

*Outland Trophy (nation's most outstanding interior lineman): Levy Adcock and Lane Taylor.

*Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's most outstanding defensive player): Markelle Martin.

*Jim Thorpe Award (nation's most outstanding defensive back): Martin.

*Lombardi Award (nation's most outstanding OL/DL/LB): Adcock, Shaun Lewis.

*Paul Hornung Award (nation's most versatile player): Joseph Randle.


Cowboys kicker Quinn Sharp is ready to expand his role from punter and kickoff specialist to adding placekicking duties, too.

And he appreciates the pressure that's involved in the latter.

“In other sports, clutch moments just kind of happen in the flow of a game,” Sharp said. “When it comes to field goals, you come in off the sideline. It's like a build-up to actually get to that moment. That's what makes that pressure the story. You're either the hero or the zero.”

Any comparison?

“I would say putting in a golf tournament would be pretty challenging,” Sharp said, “but I would think kicking a field goal at the end of the game, there's definitely more to it than people realize. There are so many plays in the game, you can't just blame one person, but because of the aspect and the outlook of everybody else, that's just how it is.”