2012 Preseason Player Rankings - Kickers
Oklahoma State PK Quinn Sharp
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2012 CFN Preseason Player Rankings
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1. Quinn Sharp, Sr. Oklahoma State
Known as a top punter, Sharp was supposed to be a step back from Lou Groza winner Dan Bailey, who hit 27-of-31 field goals. Not only did Sharp produce, but was Bailey-like connecting on 22-of-25 field goals while showing decent range. What he didn't do was blast away from beyond 50 yards like Bailey did, but leg strength isn't an issue with a nation-leading 61 touchbacks. The high-powered offense gave Sharp plenty of chances, but still, to be the best kickoff specialist in all of college football for the last three years, and to put 23 more in the end zone than anyone else last season, is jaw-dropping.
2. Caleb Sturgis, Sr. Florida
Back to be in the mix for All-America honors and the Lou Groza award is Sturgis, a Groza finalist who returned from a back injury to nail 22-of-26 field goals including a 55-yard bomb against Furman. With a great leg and ultra-reliable, he'll win the Gators at least one key game.
3. Jack Griffin, Sr. FIU
There were few kickers as strong as Griffin last season following up a great 2010 – hitting 17-of-20 field goals – by nailing 22-of-26 shots including 6-of-8 from beyond 40 yards. One miss was from 52 yards out, and while there were a few gaffes in the middle of the year, he was one of the nation's steadiest bombers. Clutch, he can be counted on late, and he can also punt if needed.
4. Brett Maher, Sr. Nebraska
There was some concern that the Huskers might have a hard time replacing Alex Henery, arguably the nation's best all-around kickers. Maher wasn't necessarily supposed to step in and handle all of Henery's duties, but he was phenomenal nailing 19-of-23 field goal attempts with his three misses coming from beyond 50 yards. He also turns in a huge year replacing Henery as the team's top punter averaging 44.5 yards per kick putting 25 inside the 20.
5. Dustin Hopkins, Sr. Florida State
Hopkins, another boomer in Tallahassee, has one more season of eligibility left with the program. The first team all-star and Lou Groza Award candidate is among the best in the country at his position. Not only did he hit 22-of-27 field goals, including a 53-yarder, but he's also a field position ace with his touchbacks and long kickoffs.
6. Brett Baer, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette
7. Mike Hunnicutt, Soph. Oklahoma
8. Andre Heidari, Soph. USC
9. Chandler Catanzaro, Jr. Clemson
10. Matt Weller, Sr. Ohio
11. Kevin Harper, Sr. Pitt
12. Matt Nelson, Sr. Louisiana Tech
13. Ross Krautman, Jr. Syracuse
14. Andrew Furney, Jr. Washington State
15. Drew Alleman, Sr. LSU
16. Ty Long, Soph. UAB
17. Perker Harrington, Sr. Air Force
18. Drew Basil, Jr. Ohio State
19. Chris Boswell, Jr. Rice
20. Dan Conroy, Sr. Michigan State
21. Maikon Bonani, Sr. South Florida
22. Andrew Cantele, Sr. Kansas State
23. Anthony Fera, Sr. Texas
24. Mathew Sims, Jr. Northern Illinois
25. Cody Journell, Jr. Virginia Tech
26. Coleman Peterson, Sr. Utah
27. Allen Hardison, Sr. Nevada
28. Brandon McManus, Sr. Temple
29. Justin Sorensen, Soph. BYU
30. Trey Farquhar, Sr. Idaho