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Oklahoma football: Sooners extend scholarship offer to 2015 Illinois kicker Austin Seibert

by Jason Kersey Published: April 22, 2014

NORMAN — Oklahoma special teams coordinator Jay Boulware offered 2015 kicker Austin Seibert a scholarship on Tuesday, the Belleville, Illinois, prospect tweeted.

It is Seibert’s eighth scholarship offer, and Oklahoma’s first to a special teams player in the 2015 recruiting class.

Boulware will need to find replacements for both kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Jed Barnett, both of whom will be seniors in 2014.

Hunnicutt has converted 86.1 percent of his career field-goal attempts and was a semifinalist for last year’s Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top kicker each year.

The Sooners’ backup kicker, Nick Hodgson, did well as a kickoff specialist last season, but he’ll also be a senior in 2015.

Barnett, who transferred to OU from a California junior college last spring, made significant improvement throughout his first season in Norman. He pinned Oklahoma State at its own 1-yard line twice in the Sooners’ 33-24 Bedlam upset victory.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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