OU has plenty of scholarship kickers, but lacks successful kicking game

Kicking woes hurt Sooners in loss at Missouri
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: October 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm •  Published: October 26, 2010

What's more frustrating for the Sooners is the success other Big 12 schools have had with their kickers.

Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey might be the favorite to win the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the top kicker in college football.

Not only is Bailey 15 of 15 on field-goal attempts, he drilled a 40-yard game winner against Texas A&M, nailed a pair of 52-yarders at Louisiana-Lafayette and remains perfect in his career on extra points.

Missouri's Ressel, Baylor's Aaron Jones, Nebraska's Alex Henery and Texas' Justin Tucker, meanwhile, have been almost as prolific.

Stoops indicated this week that Stevens would continue to handle field goals. But mostly because OU's other kickers haven't shown in practice they can do any better.

"We'll see how practice goes the rest of the week," Stoops said. "It's not that easy when you're out at practice and you don't see consistency with some of the other guys. It's not that easy to change."

Even with five of the school's 85 allotted scholarships already tied up in the kicking game, Stoops admitted he'd still consider offering out another scholarship to a kicker in the upcoming recruiting class.

But, as Stoops pointed out, that begins to hurt the depth of other positions — if it hasn't already.

Five scholarship kickers "is a ton," Stoops said. "Obviously you only have 85, it limits you in other areas. So, there's no denying that. It's like a salary cap, you only get so many in every area."

As for the rest of the season, Stoops confessed he might be inclined to go for it on fourth down instead of trying any more field goals.

"I'm very aware of our consistency and inconsistency kicking the ball," Stoops said. "It's in my mind and definitely will be the rest of the year."