OU's Seibert polished in all three kicking phases ahead of senior year

NCAA FOOTBALL September 2 2017 University of Oklahoma vs University of Texas at El Paso Oklahoma Sooners place kicker Austin Seibert (43) kicks a field goal in the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the UTEP Miners at Gaylord Memorial Stadium Owen Field in Norman OK June Frantz Hunt/Transcript

Making history isn’t anything new to Austin Seibert.

The former Sooner was drafted No. 170 by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round, making him the first OU kicker taken in the NFL Draft since Uwe von Schamann in 1979. Seibert is also the first OU punter to ever be drafted in program history.

"Austin's been one of our more valuable players the last several years," OU coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement. "It's really amazing how good he's been at field goals, kickoffs and punts throughout his career.

"He's made big kicks and has had big moments all four years, and then this past year pulled off the rare feat of being a specialist who was elected by his teammates as a captain. He did a great job in that role. He's been very, very valuable because of his unique skill set and I'm excited to follow him at the next level."

Over his four-year college career, Seibert crushed a few OU, Big 12 and FBS records.

Seibert handled kickoff, place-kicking and punt duties during his time with the Sooners. He made 63-of-79 career field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards. He also notched 310 career extra points and averaged 41.7 yards per punt.

Seibert is OU and the Big 12's all-time leading scorer with 499 career points. The Belleville, Illinois, native also holds the record for most career points among FBS kickers and most career extra points made and attempted in FBS history.

Seibert owns OU's program record for most consecutive made extra points with 162 that spanned three seasons.

The reigning Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year will bring myriad talents to his new franchise as one of the key cogs to OU’s recent run of four consecutive conference titles and three College Football Playoff appearances.

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