During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
K Austin Seibert (5-foot-10, 195 pounds)
What happened last year: Basically considered the top prep kicker in the country, Seibert was pretty automatic even though he suffered a leg injury that kept him out for a couple weeks. He hit a 70-yard field goal in practice, and ‘Legatron’ was born.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. The emergence of Nick Hodgson as a potential place kicker takes a little away from Seibert’s need with Oklahoma. He’ll still be the starting punter in all likelihood. Seibert could also play his way into becoming the starting place kicker as well – maybe even the starting kick-off specialist, although that’s Hodgson moneymaker.
Best-case scenario for this season: Seibert stabilizes Oklahoma’s punt issues from last season, averaging more than 45 yards per punt. He allows less than 100 punt return yards all season. He earns a few field goal opportunities late in the season because he doesn’t miss in practice. He hits about 75 percent of his tries in game action, including a 50-plus yarder.