OU Countdown: Jack Steed and Nick Hodgson

Sooners' kicking depth will be strong in 2015 season

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

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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.


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