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Dan Bailey

| | College: Oklahoma State
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Bailey won the 2010 Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker, a remarkable accomplishment for an all-state specialist who had to walk on at Colorado despite 51 of his 61 kickoffs resulting in touchbacks his senior year. He finished his senior year making 68-of-70 extra points and 27-of-31 field goal attempts 11-of-13 from 40 or more yards away.

The walk-on got his chance to show what he could do as a true freshman, making all 20 extra points and two of four field goals when needed in that capacity. In 2008 he showed flashes of his talent by hitting all 65 extra points and connecting on 15 of 19 placements, ten of which were shorter than 30 yards.

He struggled a bit when given more chances to make longer kicks as a junior, making only three of eight kicks from more than 40 yards out (15 of 19 overall, 46 of 46 extra points), so his 2010 success came as a bit of a surprise. However, his leg strength and calm in kicking his lone game-winning opportunity (a 40-yarder against Texas A&M) gives scouts reason to bring him into training camp to compete for a job.


Positives: Right-footed kicker with a smooth, consistent approach to the ball. Nice trajectory on most field goal attempts, ball flight is straight and end-over-end. Solid 50- to 52-yard range. Maintains balance during placements to compensate for poor footing.

Negatives: Will occasionally yank a placement left and low -- still going through the uprights. Leans back when going through the ball. Half-step starts his approach on placements. Did not handle kicking duties until bowl game due to regular specialist's academic suspension. Inconsistent during career on longer field goal attempts.

2010 Season

Bailey won the Lou Groza Award as America's top kicker this season and was also tabbed as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. He entered the program as a walk-on and leaves OSU as the school's all-time leading scorer with 370 points. His 27 field goals in 2010 set a single-season school record and he finished his senior season ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring with 11.6 points per game.

2009 Season

Hit all 46 of his extra-point tries and 13 of his 18 field-goal attempts … Was 4-of-4 on three-pointers against Missouri, including a career-long 51-yarder … Started the season slowly and was just 3-of-6 on field-goal attempts after four games … Hit 10 of his last 12 and one of the misses came from 53 yards … Along with his 51-yarder, he also converted from 48 and 42 yards at Iowa State … Had a 28-yarder vs. Georgia and converted from 28 and 42 yards against Rice … Was 2-of-2 on field goal tries at Baylor (24, 33) … Hit from 26 yards vs. Texas Tech and from 30 against Colorado … Led OSU with 85 points and was fith among Big 12 kickers in that category.

2008 Season

Finished second on the roster (to Dez Bryant) and fifth in the Big 12 with his 110 points … Had a string of 10 straight converted field goals snapped in the Holiday Bowl … Finished second in the Big 12 with a 78.9 conversion percentage on field-goal attempts (15-of-19) … Was perfect on 65 extra point attempts … Had a career-long 45-yard field-goal against Oregon … Was perfect on three field-goal attempts in the season opener at Washington State … Booted 39-yard field goals at Texas and at home against Iowa State … Hit a pair of three-pointers from inside the 30 against Troy … Was 3-of-3 on field-goal tries at Colorado … Had a 28-yarder and a then-career-long 44-yarder in the season finale against Oklahoma … Was 15-of-17 inside the 50.

2007 Season

Ended the season by connecting on two of his four field-goal attempts with both misses coming from beyond 40 yards … Connected on a 27-yarder at Baylor and a 28-yarder at OU … Was perfect on 20 extra-point attempts.

High School

An all-state and all-conference kicker and a first-team all-city punter (as selected by The Oklahoman) … Had 51 touchbacks in 61 kickoffs as a senior … Holds high school's records for longest field goal (50 yards), most field goals in a season (seven) and career (14) … Was also an individual state champion in golf … Class valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society.


Born Jan. 26, 1988, in Oklahoma City … Son of Gary and Ann Bailey … Has one sister, Sarah … Business management major.

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12/29/2010 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: P Quinn Sharp and PK Dan Bailey rank among the best in the country. Not only does Sharp have a strong leg, he is also adept at pinning opponents inside the 20. Bailey made 24 of 28 field goals and led the Big 12 in scoring with 137 points. KR Justin Gilbert is a budding freshman who provided touchdowns on two runbacks during the last three games. - The Sports Xchange

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