The 2018 college football season keeps getting better and Better for Oklahoma University senior Austin Seibert.
A 2015 graduate of Belleville West, Seibert added another honor to his growing list of accomplishments Wednesday when he was named the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Year.
Seibert, a four-year starter, established several national and school records as a senior.
During a win over Texas Tech Nov. 3, Seibert broke the NCAA record holder for career extra points (302) and extra point attempts (307).
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He entered the following week’s game against Oklahoma State needing just four points to set the OU scoring record. Seibert topped the record with 36-yard field goal in the second quarter.
His 12 total points in the game also made him the Big 12 Conference all-time scoring leader.
The performance increased Seibert’s career points total to 458. Baylor’s Aaron Jones (2010-13) and TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom (2012-15) shared the previous Big 12 record of 451 points. Michael Hunnicutt (2011-14) held the former Oklahoma record of 450 points.
The fifth-ranked Sooners will face No. 14 Texas in the Big 12 championship game in Norman at 11 a.m. Saturday. It’s the first time the Red River Showdown rivals have had an in-season rematch in 115 years. Texas handed Oklahoma its only loss of the season, 48-45, on Oct. 6. The rematch will be televised on ABC.
Seibert is the first Oklahoma player to earn the special teams player of the year honors. The recognition could be the first for Seibert who is one of the only combination (punter-placekickers) in the nation.
Seibert currently leads the Big 12 in scoring with 115 points and has converted on 12 of his 14 field goal attempts, with his longest of the season, a 42-yard effort, coming in a 37-27 win at Iowa State. Seibert also has recorded 80 touchbacks on 96 kickoffs this season.
In the punting game, Seibert is currently averaging 41.1 yards per attempt. Seibert has had 27 of his 50 attempts travel 50 yards or longer.