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Tulsa P Cole Way decides to forego final football season and play baseball

Nick Bromberg
Dr. Saturday

When you're a punter and kickoff specialist on a college football team, your chances of playing football professionally aren't very high. So Tulsa's Cole Way is going to try another sport.

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The Golden Hurricane's punter and kickoff specialist was drafted in the 38th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals. A 6-foot-8 lefthanded pitcher, Way hasn't pitched competitively since he was a senior in high school in the spring of 2010. But since he may presumably have better odds playing professional baseball, he's signing with the Royals and won't play his senior season at Tulsa after being the 1,143rd pick.

"First of all, I am excited for Cole's opportunity, but selfishly we are disappointed because he brings so much to our team," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said in a statement. "Cole is one of the real leaders of this team in terms of the emotions and spirit. He is a great encourager. He has been in our program almost four years and he knows how it is done. We are going to miss that leadership from him, but we wish him the very best."

In his career at Tulsa, Way had 117 punts for a career average of 38.7 yards. He didn't play both sports at the university because Tulsa doesn't have a baseball team. He worked out for the Royals prior to the draft.

"Our scout Rich Amaral worked him out in California and called us and said, 'This kid looks OK,' and we brought him to our workout," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg told the team's website. "Not sure exactly how it's going to work out, what we're going to do with him yet, but he threw he ball pretty good; 86-to-89 [mph] for not having to pitch in three of four years."

For more Tulsa news, visit InsideTulsaSports.com.

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