CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ kicking battle has been a big topic of debate and discussion during training camp and the preseason, and after many misses and inconsistent play, rookie kicker Austin Seibert made a statement to cap off the first offensive drive of the game.
After the offense stalled in Tampa Bay Buccaneers territory, the Browns called on Seibert, and he buried a 54-yard attempt to give the Browns a 3-0 lead with 8:49 to play in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium.
You can hear the call from Jim Donovan courtesy of the Cleveland Browns Radio Network in the player above.
The Browns’ first drive of the game against the host Buccaneers travelled 18 yards in seven plays.
Over 54 games in four years with the University of Oklahoma Sooners, Seibert converted 310 of his 315 extra-point tries (98.4 percent) and 63 of his 79 field goals (79.7 percent) for a career total of 499 points. Additionally, Seibert punted 179 times for 7,457 yards, an average of 41.7 yards-per-punt.
During the 2018 season, the 5-foot-9, 213-pound Seibert converted 87 of his 88 extra-point tries (98.9 percent) and 17 of his 19 field goal attempts (89.5 percent). By percentage, it was Seibert’s most successful season as a collegiate kicker.
Seibert is the all-time leading scorer in both Oklahoma and Big 12 Conference history and ranks first among kickers in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in career points, passing the old mark set by former Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez while he was at Arizona State (2013-2016). Additionally, Seibert had the most career extra points attempted (315) and made (310) among all kickers in FBS history.