Also on the sidelines for practice were two Oklahoma products, one senior that is committed to OSU and the other one of the top juniors in the state. Enid quarterback Clint Chelf was at Friday's practice, along with two of his high school teammates, one intends to walk on at Oklahoma State as a deep snapper.
The other visitor was DeMarco Cobbs, the 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver out of Tulsa (Central), Okla. Cobbs, a junior, is considered by many to be one of the top prospects in Oklahoma and the nation for next year. He already has offers from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Tulsa.
"It's hard not to think about it," said Fodge. "Now it is more of a relief and now I can go and have fun and it is more of a relaxed feeling."
The Cowboy senior from Garland, Texas was disappointed he never had a chance on stage to thank people, and admits he was nervous because he really didn't think about winning until Ray Guy started making the announcement.
"No, it was a complete surprise to me," said Fodge of winning. "I figured my number of punts would have held me back from getting the award and when Ray Guy was up there naming off all the criteria for the award that is when I had the first idea he was going to call my name.
"He called my name and I was so nervous, more nervous than any punt I had to go out and do. They didn't give a chance to thank my teammates, my coaches, and my parents, and God. That's why I went, was to thank my teammates because I couldn't do it without them."
"I think Matt is very, very deserving of it," said his coach Joe DeForest. "He works hard and works hard at his trade and I've learned a lot from him and hopefully, the guys that have worked with him have learned from him too."
According to the specialists they did a good job of keeping the new award winner's ego in check at practice Friday.
Tebow, who won the Maxwell Award and Walt Disney Spirit Award on the ESPN show, was thought to be a little over the top and there were also some negative thoughts about some of Tebow's negative comments about defenses in the Big 12.