The Dallas Cowboys are known for signing undrafted free agents and making them Superstars. They may have another in the making when they signed former Oklahoma State standout kicker Dan Bailey.
The 2010 Lou Groza Award winner as the best kicker in college football, Bailey was tabbed as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.
Dan Bailey wears the #5, and was born January 26, 1988 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Southwest Covenant school in Yukon, Oklahoma. His frame is a good size for a kicker at 6ft and weighing in at 197 pounds.
He entered the OSU program as a walk-on and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 370 career points. He set a single season school record with 27 field goals. Bailey ranked second in the nation in scoring his Senior year and set a school record by hitting his first 182 extra point attempts.
After not being drafted and months of down time he is now in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys trying to win the starting spot for the teams placekicker. Bailey, who missed only two extra points during his career at OSU, appears ready to take on the challenge. ” I am excited,” Bailey said ” I think it is a good opportunity.”
With Brown being being cut that leaves Bailey and David Buehler. Buehler struggled at times last season with field goals inside the 40 yard line.
“If it works out, great,” Bailey said. ” If not, it’s still a great experience.”
In his first practice, he made 4 of 4 , but his 35 yarder hit the left upright and went in when a rusher flew at him.
We all know kickers don’t get all the fanfare the other players get, but they suddenly become the single most important person in the stadium when the game is tied with seconds left on the clock.