Austin Seibert wasn’t himself last season. In his first season in Norman, Seibert was fairly reliable, knocking down almost 80% of his field goal attempts.
Last season, Seibert’s production dipped, making just below 69% of his attempts. Seibert had handled punting, place-kicking, and field goal kicking situations for the better part of his two seasons, but the workload seemed to catch up, stretching him just a bit thin.
This is the likely reason why Stoops, special teams coach Jay Boulware, and his staff recruited Reeves Mundschau, a punter from New Braunfels, Texas. Mundschau commited to the Sooners last June.
Mundschau is a product of the prestigious Kohl’s kicking camp, of which Seibert was also a participant. According to the Kohl’s website, Mundschau impressed:
“Mundschau had an outstanding showing at the 2016 Kohl’s Underclassman Challenge and National Scholarship Camp. He was one of the top charted punters at camp and had some impressive drill work throughout the event. He hit the highest punts at camp in Jan of 2016. His leg strength was impressive with multiple 5.0 hang-times at the Underclassman Challenge during the competition phase. He is a very consistent punter who should contribute early at Oklahoma.”
The New Braunfels product has some impressive hang-time on punts, as you can see here:
While Mundschau may not immediately take over punting duties, he could help Seibert in other ways. The three-star recruit will, at the very least, give Seibert a load off in practice. Seibert has been known to nail 60+ yard field goals in practice, but fatigue seemed to loom large least season, and he missed all of his attempts greater than 39 yards.
And, in case of injury, a little depth never hurts, either.
Make no mistake about it: Austin Seibert is an immensely talented kicker. Some combination of mental and physical fatigue accounted for his dropoff. He’s still Boulware’s guy, but a little competition never hurt anybody–it only helps.