40 Acres Forecast: Michael Dickson

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with P Michael Dickson.

Michael Dickson

Position:

P

Height/Weight:

6-foot-3/208 pounds

High School:

Sydney, Australia/Kirrawee High

Year:

Freshman

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2015 Preview

The Longhorns are desperately looking to upgrade their special teams this season and are hoping Dickson, and his powerful, accurate right leg, will help them with that.

Dickson, a first-year punter who played Australian Rules Football as a prepster, was a late addition to Texas’ 2015 class who was in Austin for all of about a week before fall camp started and he was taking first-team reps as UT’s punter.

He was fairly inconsistent early on but seems to have settled in as of late. When he connects the ball soars. It has great hang time and, as Charlie Strong noted, he can put it where he is told.

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HD Projection

The Longhorns averaged 42.3 yards per punt last season, and a net punt average of 37.7 yards. If Dickson is as good as he’s said to be then that average should go up in 2015.

You could tell Dickson was a bit jittery early on during fall camp, and understandably so as he had to move to a different country, enroll in college, get acclimated to his surroundings and start fall camp at UT all in the span of about a week.

The more he’s kicked the better he’s gotten. As long as he gets protection up front, look for Dickson to be much more of a weapon than a hindrance for the Longhorns in 2015 and beyond.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

The Longhorns were looking all over for a punter, but were only going to take one if they thought they found one that could make a big different.

Dickson appeared to be that guy after Texas got in contact with Prokick Australia, an Australian punting program that has produced the last two Ray Guy Award winners in Tom Hackett (2014) and Tom Hornsey (2013).

Dickson was sold on the Longhorns after a visit to Austin. Chris Vaughn played a big roll in getting Dickson to Texas.

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Before Texas

During high school played Australian Rules Football, serving mostly as a defender ... started each match in his career ... averaged approximately 20 disposals per game (a kick/punt or a hand pass) ... during 2014, participated for the Sydney Swans Academy (professional development team) and represented his state (NSW) ... called his biggest game playing the grand final for the professional reserves team with the Sydney Swans… [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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