DEMAREE: Seibers the kicking future at UK?

With the graduation of last year kicking veteran Taylor Begley, UK had a notion to find a new kicker among a collection of walk-ons. After the bowl game between the University of Miami and Penn State, coach Brooks and special teams coach Steve Ortmayer decided they weren't going to get caught without a quality kicker, like the two teams they were watching.

Through some convenient circumstances, the nation's 17th best kicker became available and they grabbed him. Lones Seiber, who was committed to Tennessee, ultimately signed with Kentucky.

So far Seiber is a mystery man. His first name is Australian – his last name is German – he has coal black hair – he reported on June 22 with a torn Labrium – and presently is limited to kicking only field goals and extra points. No kickoffs! Ortmayer believes at some point he will no longer operate under a cloud of mystery and he will be everything they thought he could be when they recruited him.

Ortmayer said they have to be careful with Seiber and not overwork him presently. "He's able to get back in the swing of kicking but it is a little early for him to be back, so we have be careful and give him a little time off, which they did today (Friday)," the coach said.

In the meantime, the kickers that came out of the spring, J.J. Housley and Brian Scott, are being depended upon to supply the whole package of kicking. Ortmayer observed: "They're both doing well. They both improved from the spring. Looks like they are very much able to compete for the job." He said that if they had to play a game today, they are more than capable to get the job done. The coach rejected the idea that their range was limited and said they are both capable of booting the 50-yard field goal.

Seiber said that Tennessee has always been his dream school - so, why Kentucky? "I committed immediately after Tennessee offered the scholarship," he said, "then I came to realize they weren't telling me the whole truth. They had more kickers coming in but I felt more comfortable coming here because they told me the truth. Tennessee is a great program and I wished things could've turned out better, but I felt more comfortable here at Kentucky."

We asked him if the gray-shirt offer affected his decision? He said: "Yeah, the gray-shirt really, really came into play. I really didn't want to gray-shirt and sat a year and come back and have to compete for a job with kickers that are already a year ahead of me. Here at Kentucky, the kicker had graduated."

Kentucky had already made contact with Seiber early and came back in on him when the situation developed at Tennessee. "Coach Ortmayer really made a impact on me by telling me if I came to Kentucky, he would make me a better kicker. And Tennessee didn't have a kicking coach in place."

Naturally, Seiber was a soccer player in military high school over in Germany. His dad is a military guy. How did he get started in kicking the football? He explained: "It was my junior year and we had just moved to Germany in December and snow was on the ground. I was bored, so I went over to the football field carrying a couple of footballs I had brought with me. I was kicking 40-yarders in the snow and I said this can't be right. I kick soccer balls. So I asked football coach if he had a field goal kicker and if I could try out. I was consistently kicking 40 and 45-yarders my junior year. We played other military bases in Europe and we actually won the championship that year.

Seiber said he probably kicked too much during the off-season last year and tore his Labrium. He had been rehabbing in the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic and had been resting it and when he got here he went out to kick he had too much pain and subsequently had arthroscopic-surgery done.

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