Oklahoma Sooners: Jimmy Stevens

Triple Option: Stoops' weekend adventure 

February, 8, 2012
Three thoughts this morning:

1. We've still not gotten official word from five-star athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) on whether he's visiting Oklahoma this weekend or if he has eliminated the Sooners. But we do know where coach Bob Stoops will be this weekend. He's playing in the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am until at least Saturday, paired with professional golfer Hunter Haas. If they do well in the tournament, they'd stay and play on Sunday, too. Wouldn't it be weird if Neal did decide to visit OU and the head coach wasn't in town to host him? Among the other "celebrities" at the tournament: Bill Belichick, Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban and -- wait for it -- Kenny G!

2. Lon Kruger and the Sooners offered junior point guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) on Monday night. Clark is ranked No. 58 in the ESPNU Super 60 and, according to my pal Bob Przybylo, the best player in the state regardless of class. It seems like Kruger is attempting to lock down Oklahoma with offers out to two other 2013 prospects, Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) and Juwan Parker (Tulsa, Okla./Washington). Will it work? I don't know. But at least he's trying.

3. I'm always interested to see which prospects don't get invited to the NFL combine. Oklahoma had seven players invited to the combine, which is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 22-28. Among the Sooners on last year's two-deep that weren't invited: Receiver Dejuan Miller, tight end Trent Ratterree, guard Stephen Good, safety Sam Proctor and kicker Jimmy Stevens. But the most intriguing name that wasn't invited has to be former Tennessee and Kansas State running back Bryce Brown, who declared early even though he hadn't played football for the last two years. Brown was ranked No. 8 in the 2008 ESPNU 150 and was recruited by every school in the country.

Oklahoma's special teams MVP in 2011

January, 19, 2012
The SoonerNation staff is wrapping up Oklahoma's 10-3 season by answering 10 questions, just like we did during the Sooners' bye week in November. Today:

Who was the Sooners' special teams MVP for the 2011 season?

K Michael Hunnicutt
Even though he missed a critical chip shot in the loss to Texas Tech, Hunnicutt stabilized a position that had been anything but since 2007. The freshman former walk-on ended up making 21 of 24 field goals, including four of four from 40 yards or farther. The Sooners have several holes to fill next season. Field goal kicker is not one of them. Finally.
- Jake Trotter

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Icon SMIFreshman kicker Michael Hunnicutt made 21 field goals for the Sooners in 2011.
K Michael Hunnicutt
OU’s special teams went from a team weakness in 2010 to a team strength in 2011 thanks in large part to Hunnicutt. He provided consistent, and trustworthy, field goal kicking as he missed just three of 24 field goal attempts this season.
- Brandon Chatmon

K Michael Hunnicutt
With all the transfers that have been happening, scholarships have opened up for the 2012 class. The one spot the Sooners are not actively pursuing? Kicker. OU is set with Hunnicutt at the position, following a great 2011 season. Oklahoma was looking at kickers in October but that has not been a focus at all in the last couple of months.
- Bob Przybylo

K Michael Hunnicutt
I believe this is our first unanimous decision out of all the awards we've done. And rightfully so. Hunnicutt brought stability to the Sooners this season after years (!) of fans shielding their eyes when Jimmy Stevens stepped up for a kick longer than 30 yards. For the first time since Garrett Hartley, OU fans can finally feel confident. And he's got three years of eligibility remaining.
- Dane Beavers

What do you think? Do you agree?


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