How Will The Kicking Game Look In 2013?

The Oklahoma State kicking and special teams will undergo a huge transformation next season. Here is a look at what Cowboys fans can expect for the 2013 season following the loss of All-American Quinn Sharp and longtime holder Wes Harlan, both of whom will be playing their final games for OSU in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day.

The biggest shoes to fill will be those of Sharp, who really fills up three responsibilities with placements, kickoffs, and punting. But the graduation of Harlan also will be felt by the Cowboys.

Matt Green, who never touched the field, is transferring to the University of Ohio. Green was never able to pass on the depth charts walk-ons Bobby Stonebraker as a kicker or Michael Reichenstein as a punter.

For next season Stonebraker gets the first crack at both placements and kickoffs. He is capable of doing both as he has shown in practice. He just needs to improve consistency. He was a standout kicker in high school at Tuttle.

Kevin King, an All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference kicker from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College, has accepted the opportunity as a preferred walk-on and is enrolled for the spring. King was 10-of-13 on field goals this past season for NEO, which won the regular season conference championship. His longest field goal was 52 yards. He was also 43-of-44 on extra points.

Then next summer the Cowboys will be getting one of the best high school kickers in the country in Ben Grogan out of Arlington Martin. Grogan is a Cowboy commitment in the 2013 recruiting class, and expected to sign in February. He is outstanding and had a game where he had three field goals of more than 50 yards.

Reichenstein has continually improved as a punter, and he may be the guy although I am sure that there will be competition sought to come in and press him for the job.

Kip Smith, the Colorado native and former UCLA kicker, was supposed to transfer in but never showed up. Not sure what happened to him. I think that may be why King is coming in and why Grogan was recruited so strongly.

The Cowboys will need to develop have a new holder in 2013, and that is a huge responsibility. The good news from a consistency standpoint is that both snappers, Andrew Suter, who has concentrated on punt snaps, and Connor Sinko, who has focused on the short snaps on field goals and PATs, are both returning.


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