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Sooners Illustrated goes through Oklahoma's problems through the non-conference schedule

The Sooners are asking a lot of kicker Austin Seibert, but he needs fewer duties as his confidence appears to wane.

As Oklahoma heads into its bye week, Sooners Illustrated takes a close look at the roster. The fans, the coaching staff and the players have all been disappointed by the non-conference season and Oklahoma’s resounding failure to perform.

The season, which came with hopes of making the College Football Playoff for the second-straight season, has been reduced to a hopeful Big 12 Championship.

While Oklahoma is off, Sooners Illustrated will take a look at each major position group to figure out what needs to change and what actually will change as OU turns its sights on the Big 12 Championship.




What needs to change?

Nobody is in Austin Seibert's head but himself, but from the looks of things, his confidence is pretty shot. At the very least, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ confidence in Seibert is wavering extensively – heck of a fall from top-recruited kicker and OU record holder to unreliable kicker.

To get that back, Oklahoma needs to take away some of his responsibilities. There’s no need for Seibert to kick off, so that should be removed immediately. Kyle Pfau can take care of that.

It might even be best to give Seibert a few chip shot field goals and take away any attempts of more than 45 yards – unless completely necessary. Punting is another one of those factors that someone else can handle. Stoops likes 45-yard punts with no return. There’s no reason to waste Seibert doing that.

As far as returns are concerned, Joe Mixon is doing both and should continue to do both. Don't let anyone else return anything.


What will change?

In all likelihood, there will be a drop off in Seibert’s usage, starting with kick-offs. Seibert might be a better punter than place kicker, so it’s not clear what other duties Seibert will forego. Last year, it would have been easy with two other experienced kickers on the roster. Now, nobody else has even attempted any kind of kick in a game.



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