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OU football: How Oklahoma kicker commit Austin Seibert came to view a broken leg as a positive

Seibert also spoke with The Oklahoman about his decision, his future at OU and his relationship with special teams coordinator Jay Boulware.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 11, 2014

NORMAN — New Oklahoma commitment Austin Seibert broke his kicking leg two years ago.

If that sounds like a particularly grueling injury for a kicker, consider this: Seibert actually came to view the compound fracture as a positive.

“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,” Seibert said. “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.”

Seibert, a Belleville, Ill., native who also had offers from Colorado, Kentucky, Miami, Missouri and Northwestern, among others, committed to the Sooners on Friday. He is considered the recruiting class of 2015’s No. 1 kicker and No. 2 punter, according to Kohl’s Kicking Camps’ rankings.

Both Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Jed Barnett are seniors in 2014, meaning the Sooners will need to find replacements for both in 2015.

Seibert spoke with The Oklahoman about his decision, his future at OU and his relationship with special teams coordinator Jay Boulware.

Q: What made you decide to commit to OU?

A: “With the offers that I had, I wasn’t gonna chase down any summer camps. I went down (Friday) with my parents and my brother and found out they had a huge medical facility right there in Oklahoma City. They have a physician’s assistant program, and that’s what I’m gonna try to major in. The overall campus was beautiful. The football program is really good. Coaches are great. Mostly, it’s just one of the places that would help me prepare to be the best student-athlete I can be.”

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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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