Austin Seibert starts off on right note

OU freshman kicker/punter Austin Seibert hit all the right notes in his first game.

The Oklahoma offense hadn’t gotten off to the start it had hoped for, and it wasn’t going to be long for true freshman Austin Seibert to be thrust into action.

Seibert nailed a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter of OU’s win en route to one heck of a debut as a Sooner at both kicker and punter.

“I loved it, everything about it,” Seibert said. “It was really fun – like a dream come true, honestly. Just the environment and playing in front of that many people, it really was a dream come true.”

Seibert tacked on a 41-yard field goal later in the game as well, but the biggest thing he did was show the OU coaches they made the right call to have him as both kicker and punter.

In his six punts, Seibert averaged 49.7 yards per kick, including downing two inside the 20 yard line as Akron had zero punt return yards.

“He’s a lot of fun to be around,” deep snapper Wesley Horky said. “Saw last Saturday he’s a great kicker and a great punter, too. I knew coming in here Jack (Steed) and Nick (Hodgson) were going to be in for a competition. He showed up and proved himself.”

It was obviously big for Seibert to get that first start under his belt and have it at home. It will be interesting to see how he fares in front of more than 100,000 fans at Tennessee this weekend.

With nobody expecting a 41-3 blowout in this showdown, Seibert could absolutely be asked to make a big-time kick for the Sooners.

Special teams coach Jay Boulware is not worried.

"A guy is a guy,” Boulware said. “When a guy has an ability, then he has an ability. He has the ability to do both. Which one is he best at? I’ll find out a couple years down the road. The important thing for us recruiting is to get somebody to complement him so we can bring another guy in here. It’s hard to be elite at both. You can be pretty good, but I want him to be great.”

Boulware is hoping to find that second guy, but it’s one thing Seibert won’t use as an excuse is doing both the field goal kicking and the punting.

“I felt fine the whole game,” Seibert said. “I’ve been doing it – kicking and punting – my whole life so I’m used to the wear and tear.”

Now we’ll see if he can get used to the big stage like he’ll be on Saturday night.

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