Matt Panton put Mark Stoops’ special teams into a predicament this week. Panton was suspended for one game following a postgame public intoxication citation. Stoops announced on Monday that he’d turn to Grant McKinniss to fill the role, but the head coach called a late audible.
For McKinniss to play, it would cost the punter a redshirt season. McKinniss agreed to do whatever he could to help the team, but on Tuesday Stoops began to have second thoughts. On Thursday he decided to play Miles Butler in McKinniss’ place, but waited to give Butler the news.
“I told him on Friday walking off our walk-through. He didn’t even kick and he got the job.” Stoops laughed and said Butler smiled, “or else he shit himself.”
All joking aside, it was the right choice. The Cats only had to punt three times and Butler placed every one inside the 20 yard line.
“He did a heck of a job. I was very proud of him,” Stoops said. “He’s a kid that’s been in our program, that’s stepped up and has made clutch kicks before for us when Austin (MacGinnis) was injured. He’ll do anything you ask him to do. I’m proud of him.”