OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Texas (90)Charles Omenihu, defensive end, and (99)Desmond Jackson, defensive tackle, try to block a field goal by Oklahoma (43)Austin Seibert, kicker, during the third quarter of action in the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Texas defeated Oklahoma 24-17. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 43: Oklahoma K/P Austin Seibert

Posted July 22nd, 2017

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The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

If it feels like Austin Seibert has been at Oklahoma forever, maybe that’s just because he’s been pulling double duty since he arrived on campus. In reality, Seibert is only a junior. Yeah, you read that right. One of the Big 12’s best kickers and punters the past two years still has two full seasons left. The Belleville, Illinois native has made 29 of 39 field goal attempts in his career and averaged 41.6 yards per punt on 105 attempts. Add in 142 of 146 PATs for the back-to-back Big 12 champions, and you start to see why it feels like Seibert should be a fifth-year senior who played as a true freshman.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

When playing a team with as much firepower as Oklahoma, the more Seibert sees the field the better. Punts are always a win for the defense, and Seibert didn’t exactly light the world on fire in the kicking game in 2016. He only made 11 of 16 attempts with a long of 39 yards. However, experience is king in kicking, and Seibert has experienced plenty of pressure moments through his first two seasons.

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Well that’s … interesting

  1. Seibert credits breaking his kicking leg in high school for making him a better kicker. From The Oklahoman: “It might’ve been better that I did break it because I lost all my muscle in my leg, and I basically trained it to kick. That’s all I trained it to do. I didn’t train it to do heavy muscle; I trained it to do explosiveness and kicking.”
  2. Oklahoma’s kicker/punter wasn’t enrolled at OU during the summer, which meant he wasn’t eligible to participate in offseason workouts. The Oklahoman reported that he’s expected back for the fall.

Previous encounters

Last year, Seibert went 1-for-2 on field goals, made all six of his extra points and had just three punts (ouch) for an average of 37.3 yards in Dallas. In 2015, he made his only field goal attempt, both PATs and punted seven times (39.6 avg).

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

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