"It started off bad. I had some hip pains and thought I was back to the problems I had my freshman year. I was real laid back as opposed to kicking it a lot, but now I am back to 100 percent," Seiber, who is 38-for-63 on field goals in three years, said. "I don't know if my leg is stronger or not this year. It is probably the same. When camp comes around (in August), that will dictate if it is stronger or not."
But how does a kicker work during the offseason to improve?
"It is a lot of tape. With kicking, it is more consistency. There is nothing we can really do to get stronger, bigger or things like that. If anything, you have to get your mind stronger to withstand anything that comes at you," Seiber said. "I think it is just a matter of maturing and knowing the situations you will have to go through again that you have lived through those and know what it takes to make them better." Seiber says a quarterback has to be mentally tougher than a kicker.
"A quarterback has a lot on his plate. In spring ball, I've even had my own teammates say stuff to me while I was kicking. You can't let that get to you. If you do, you will be sitting on the bench. But I wouldn't say a kicker has to be the toughest guy mentally compared to a quarterback," Seiber said.
However, when reminded that a quarterback has many more chances in a game to atone for a mistake than a kicker does, Seiber reconsidered. "That's true. In that context, that might be right. I have been through plenty of ups and downs. It's hard to live them down. I think about them all the time. Football is just part of my life. It is not my whole life. So I take football and put in perspective. Once I succeed at what I am doing now, it will help me long term," Seiber said.
"But the down times are hard to get over. It's not just letting yourself down. You are letting the team and the fans down. When the downs are down, they are under the ground. I don't want any of those this year."