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September 17, 2012

Quinn Sharp on the spot in match-up with fellow Groza semifinalist

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University kicker Quinn Sharp and Louisiana’s kicker Brett Baer have more in common than just their positions. Both kickers are also punters for their respective teams and were Lou Groza semifinalists last year.

“I know (Baer) is a great kicker on the other sideline,” Sharp said. “At the same time I got to keep my focus on what I am doing for my team.”

Both kickers are on the 2012 Lou Groza Watch List. In Saturday’s game, Sharp held the slight advantage as he was 3 for 3 on field goals and 8 for 8 on extra points. Baer missed his first field goal attempt from 44 yards but converted on another in the third quarter. Sharp said he had a little more motivation going against a successful kicker.

“We know each other a little bit from watching stats and award lists,” Sharp said. “I’ve followed (Baer). He’s another guy that does all three (kick, punt and kickoffs) like I do. We’ve always been in close competition. It was fun, he’s a great kicker.”

Sharp has connected on four straight field goals after missing his first against Savannah State University. Saturday, Sharp punted once for 44 yards. Sharp said he thought the special teams performed well.

“It was a great day,” Sharp said. “I got a 50-yarder under my belt. I haven’t chunked one over 50 since I started kicking field goals. I hit another 40-yarder today and that was good. It was good day all-around for special teams. We ran down on punts. We covered well on kickoffs. It was a good day to get those three (field goals) under my belt. I needed it.”

Though the Cowboys were up 38-0 in the second quarter Saturday, Sharp attempted an onside kick after a 15-yard penalty moved the kickoff to the 50. Coach Mike Gundy said they wanted to take advantage of that opportunity.

“We had a situation, where if we missed it they probably were only going to get the ball on the 30 anyway,” Gundy said. “It didn’t make much sense to kick it out. He probably could have kicked it in the stands on that. Might as well take a chance.”

Sharp said he liked the strategy and said the team could use it in the future.

“It keeps teams on their toes,” Sharp said. “It’s another dimension that they have to prepare for. We just thought it was an open look and we went for it.”

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