August 29, 2006

OU's Knall, Cohen await word on starting punter

Even before the Sooners lineup in the trenches to face Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday, another battle will be decided.

Only days before the season-opener, the OU coaching staff has yet to determine key position battles, including a key special teams figure, the starting punter.

"We'll probably decide on a guy on Wednesday or Thursday," special teams coach Chris Wilson said. "It's been a good competition. Both guys are going out there and competing, and that's the number one thing."

The punting position has been in question since the dismissal of Cody Freeby in April for academic and team reasons. The battle started with place kicker Garrett Hartley, and newcomers Mike Knall and Mike Cohen.

Now, only Knall and Cohen remain.

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