OU Countdown: Austin Seibert

'Legatron' could be a four-year star at punter/kicker in Norman

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)

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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.


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