During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 38 – P Jack Steed & No. 39 – K Nick Hodgson
What happened last year: Steed was a back-up, and Hodgson served as one of the best kick-off specialists in the nation. Hodgson increased his touchback percentage from 63 percent as a sophomore to 69 percent last year. He was a huge weapon for Oklahoma.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Hodgson has the leg; there was no doubting that. In the spring game, he showed far more accuracy. He was basically automatic inside the 40-yard line, which is still quite a distance for a kicker to be a guarantee. Hodgson will still have to prove that he can be the starting kicker and consistent enough.
Best-case scenario for this season: Steed will likely be a back-up again but could see extensive time if incoming freshman Austin Seibert needs more than just a preseason camp to be ready. Seibert will also challenge Hodgson as the starting place kicker as well. Best-case scenario? Steed is still a back-up, but Hodgson beats out Seibert in preseason camp, giving Oklahoma two reliable kickers – both have the leg to kick off and the accuracy to hit with consistency.