Top 5 OSU kickers

Zach Hake

Sports Blogger

@zach_hake

5. Larry Roach

As a freshman, Larry Roach earned all-conference recognition after making 19 field goals. It was an NCAA record for most field goals made by a freshman at the time. Roach also holds the Oklahoma State record for most field goals made in a career with 69. He made more field goals and had more attempts (105) than any other kicker in OSU history. Despite his relatively low overall field goal percentage of 65.7 percent, Roach was a trailblazer for OSU kicking excellence.

 

4. Luke Phillips

From 2001 to 2003, Luke Phillips made 82.4 percent of his field goal attempts, ranking him second behind Quinn Sharp. During his three years as OSU’s kicker, Phillips racked up 42 field goals and missed only two of his 139 point-after touchdown attempts. During a matchup against Kansas State in 2003, Phillips and the field goal unit successfully converted a crucial fake field goal attempt to help the Cowboys defeat the then-No. 22 Wildcats 38-24.

Phillips also holds the two highest single-season field goal percentages: 88.9 percent in 2003 and 88.2 percent in 2001. His 2001 season was one of his best. Phillips was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and was OSU’s leading scorer with 72 points. He connected on 15-of-17 field goals, including a long of 52 yards, which he hit twice in OSU’s 16-13 win against Oklahoma in Norman. Phillips was perfect on 27 extra-point attempts. He finished third in field goals in the league, behind seniors Tim Duncan of Oklahoma and Colorado’s Jeremy Flores.

Phillips was the Special Teams MVP of the 2002 Houston Bowl after nailing four field goals, including a 52 yarder, against Southern Miss.

 

3. Quinn Sharp

(O'Colly File Photo)

(O’Colly File Photo)

With an 84.7 percent career field goal percentage, the highest of any Cowboy kicker, it’s no surprise that Quinn Sharp is ranked as one of OSU’s best kickers. He holds several records, including the most field goals made in a single season (28) and is tied with Larry Roach for most field goals in a single game. In the 2012 matchup against TCU, Sharp kicked five field goals in the 36-14 victory against the Horned Frogs. Sharp has the third highest single-season field goal percentage with 88.0 percent, which he set in 2011, ranking behind only Luke Phillips’s 2001 and 2003 seasons.

One of the biggest moments of Sharp’s career came when he booted the game-winning field goal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl to give OSU a 41-38 win against Stanford.

Despite being cut from the Cincinnati Bengals roster, Sharp continued kicking and is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

 

2. Ben Grogan

(Devin L. wilber, O'Colly)

(Devin L. wilber, O’Colly)

Ben Grogan, the Cowboy’s current kicker, recently passed Dan Bailey to become OSU’s all-time leading scorer with 383 points. He set the mark in the Cowboys’ win against Kansas on Saturday. Grogan also surpassed Bailey on the career field goal list against Kansas.

Grogan struggled during his freshman season He connected on only six of his first 12 attempts.

Last season, however, Grogan made 16-of-20 field goal attempts and came through clutch with back-to-back game-winning kicks against Texas and Kansas State. He also went 61-for-64 on PAT attempts, including the last 47 in a row. Bailey is 11-for-13 on field goals this season and 34-for-35 on PATs.

 

1. Dan Bailey

(KT King, Flickr)

(KT King, Flickr)

After walking on at the University of Arkansas and losing the competition for the starting job, Dan Bailey left Fayetteville and walked on at OSU in 2007. As a true freshman, Bailey was perfect on extra points, going 20-for-20, but he made only two of four field goals that year.

Bailey made 46-of-46 PATs and 13-of-18 field goals in 2009 as a junior. On Oct. 17, 2009, Bailey made four field goals, including a career-long 51-yarder during OSU’s 33-17 win against Missouri.

In 2010, Bailey won the Lou Garza Award for the nation’s top kicker following a stellar senior season. He also earned the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Year award.

Bailey ranks second on the career field goals made list for OSU kickers with 57. He also has the second highest single-season field goal record in school history with 27 during his 2010 season.

Following the 2011 NFL Draft, Bailey signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. He has the highest field goal accuracy of any kicker in NFL history and was selected for his first Pro Bowl last December following a career-high 93.8 percent field goal percentage.

 ozone@ocolly.com

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