Spring Football: Specialists Will Be New

We have provided spring previews of the different position groups over the last few weeks, and we wrap them up with a final look at the specialists for the Oklahoma State Cowboys as they prepare for spring practice to begin on Monday. Quinn Sharp's departure to the NFL leaves a huge vacuum in the specialists area.

Two-time Texas All-State kicker and one-time All-State punter Ben Grogan of Arlington (Martin), Texas is on his way to Oklahoma State, and he will likely compete for all of the kicking and punting duties.

The most critical area the Cowboys coaching staff may be attempting to find an answer to is who will be punting and kickoffs? Sharp's success in those skills were so impactual on field position over the last four years.

Michael Reichenstein is heading into his senior season after serving as the back-up punter since 2010. He has one career punt and that came in the 2011 season when he bombed a punt against Kansas for 49 yards.

Former UCLA standout Kip Smith has been at Oklahoma State since the fall and is healthy. He will look at both kicking and punting in trying to find a role.

Along with Smith, Bobby Stonebraker gets first call on placements in the spring. A multiple All-State kicker at Tuttle, Okla., Stonebraker is talented and has a booming leg. He has not attempted a field goal or extra point, but he kicked off six times last season and three were touchbacks.

Southwest Junior College Football Conference All-League kicker Kevin King from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and originally out of Jenks is also on the team and working to earn the chores on field goals and extra points.

Replacing Sharp in all areas becomes a two-phase process. The first phase is to come out of spring with somebody handling each duty, and then the second phase is measuring that person(s) up against Grogan in August, and may the best man (men) prevail.

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