RECRUITING: Sooners add punter to 2005 class

Stoops fills need position with late signing of junior college prospect.

Concerns over the punting game in the spring led the Sooners to offer Junior College punter Mike Knall, (5'10, 175) of Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Knall has sent the paperwork to the Sooners and everything should be official in a day or so.

Knall averaged 43.9 yards per punt in his first year in junior college, and since he was a qualifier out of high school he will have three years of eligibility remaining at OU.

Knall played his high school football at Scottsdale Chaparral High School, where he lost only four games during his three-year career. His high school team was so good that Knall punted less than 15 times per year each season.

He averaged 40.2 yards per punt in high school, but didn't attract any attention from D-1 colleges. However, he had an opportunity to kick a lot more in junior college and had offerers on the table from Utah and Arizona before signing with the Sooners. He will count against last year's class.

Knall was rated the No. 1 juco punter in the Miami One-on-One Kicking Expo, and was the No. 1 juco with a 44 yard average.


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