During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We'll analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Tony Jefferson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
No. 36 Tress Way
Punter, 6-foot-1, 218 pounds
Impact so far: Way has been one of the best punters in the Big 12 since 2009. He has started all 40 games of his career and is averaging 44.4 yards per punt during his first three seasons. He owns the OU record for punts of 50 yards or more with 58.
After a redshirt season in 2008, Way earned second team All-Big 12 honors as a redshirt freshman. He averaged 45.7 yards per punt on 61 punts, including 22 punts of 50 yards or more. As a sophomore, he averaged 44 yards per punt in 73 punts including a career-high 85-yard punt against Utah State. He averaged at least 45 yards per punt in seven of 14 games in 2010. He also rotated kickoff duties with Patrick O’Hara.
Despite recording the lowest average-yards-per-punt of his career, Way’s junior season was the best of his three seasons. He averaged 42 yards per punt on 63 punts but was deadly accurate. He placed 34 of his 63 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and recorded only six touchbacks.
Way has maximized his ability and is one of the best players on the team.
Impact in 2012: Way will be a weapon for the Sooners this fall. He has given the coaching staff the confidence that he can execute any type of punt needed. If the Sooners need him to bomb a punt 50-plus yards, he can do it. If they need him to pin an opponent inside its own 10-yard line, he can do it.
Impact in 2013 and beyond: Way could be remembered as the best punter in OU history. His strong leg, consistency and overall development as a punter puts places him among the best ever in Norman.