He is the second Cowboy ever to win the award, as return man Dez Bryant was honored in 2008.
Also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award presented to the nation’s top kicker, Bailey leads the Big 12 and ranks second nationally with 11.42 points scored per game. His 2.00 field goals made per game also lead the Big 12 and ranks third nationally. Bailey was an important figure in the Cowboys leading the nation in red zone scoring percentage this year.
“I really don’t know what to say, I’m so honored to get this kind of recognition,” Bailey said. “When you look around the Big 12 and you see the kind of players in this league, it makes me appreciate it even more. Coach (Joe) DeForest has done a great job with the special teams here and you have to give credit to everyone involved with our special teams whenever any single player gets an individual honor.”
Bailey came to Oklahoma State as a walk-on and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Entering the bowl game, the Mustang, Okla., native has scored 358 career points, a full 28 points more than the previous school record of 330 points set by Barry Sanders from 1986-88. Bailey’s 137 points scored this season ranks as the second-best single-season mark in school history, trailing only the 234 points scored by Sanders in 1988.
Entering the bowl game, Bailey has converted on 24 field goal attempts this year, a new Oklahoma State school record. He booted eight field goals of 40 yards or more during the regular season. Included in that total is a pair of 52-yarders during the Cowboys’ win at Louisiana and a dramatic 40-yarder as time expired in Oklahoma State’s 38-35 win over Texas A&M. He also owns the school record with 196 extra-point conversions, including another record of 182 in a row.