Oklahoma State has had a long line of outstanding punters and placekickers. Following in their footsteps, so to speak, is Cowboy senior Kip Smith.
Smith performs punt and kickoff duties for Oklahoma State this season, and this past week he was named the Ray Guy Award National Player of the Week for his outstanding performance last Saturday against West Virginia.Oct 11, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys place kicker Ben Grogan (19) kicks a field goal as Oklahoma State Cowboys punter Kip Smith (35) holds against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
He punted five times in the West Virginia game and placed four of the five inside the Mountaineers’ 20-yard line. The total return yardage on his five punts was negative one yard. His longest of the five punts last Saturday was 71 yards. That was the longest of his career.
His career punting average for the Cowboys is 43.3 yards on 45 punts.
The 6-1, 235-pound Cowboy punter also handled kickoff duties in the West Virginia game. West Virginia averaged just 10.5 yards per kickoff return off of Smith kickoff. That compares with West Virginia’s 26.43 kickoff return average coming into the game, which ranked sixth nationally.
Smith is having a great overall season. He leads the Big 12 and ranks ninth nationally in net punting, according to information provided by the Oklahoma State athletic department.
The Ray Guy Award is presented annually recognizing the best punter in college football. Former Oklahoma State punter Matt Fodge won the award in 2008.