Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (4) runs out of the end zone for a first down during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Longhorns in the NFL: Michael Dickson improvises in Week 8, earns new nickname

Posted October 30th, 2018


Is there such a thing as a former Longhorn? These players will always be Longhorns to University of Texas fans, even though they’ve graduated to the next level of football. Every week we’ll update you on how they performed the previous weekend. Here’s a look at the Longhorns in the NFL and how they fared in Week 8.

NFL play-by-play and color commentators have grown used to the punting ability of rookie Michael Dickson. He’s third in the league in net average at 42.5 yards per punt and has even tried a few dropkicks. But Dickson showed them a highlight they haven’t seen before in the 28-14 win over Detroit Sunday. Up two touchdowns late in the game, Dickson was ready to take an intentional safety to avoid a potential blocked punt, preserving a big lead for the Seahawks. When Dickson began to run around the right side of the end zone he saw a big opening and decided to make a run for it. He picked up the eight yards necessary for the first down to help his team put the game on ice. Dickson was also useful in his usual capacity, averaging 49.5 yards per punt on four attempts with one landing inside the 20.

The improvisational skills and sheer bravery to go for the first down has earned him a new nickname.

Dickson later clarified to SB Nation’s that that’s what his teammates were calling him at the moment he gave the quote. We’ll see if the nickname sticks.

Marquise Goodwin is the former Longhorn that had the biggest offensive play of the week. He caught just one pass in the 49ers’ 18-15 loss to the Cardinals, but it went for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Goodwin beat Patrick Peterson on a slant and raced half the length of the field to put the 49ers up by eight points in the third quarter. The score set a career-high for touchdowns in a season for Goodwin, bringing his total to four this year.

Jordan Hicks also added to a career-high Sunday, making 1.5 sacks to bring his total to 3 for the year. He had never had more than one sack in a season as a pro. He led the Eagles with 12 tackles in the 24-18 win over the Jaguars in London. Hicks leads the team in tackles for the year with 70 while the next closest teammate is Jalen Mills with 43 stops.

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Other Longhorns in the NFL

Quandre Diggs, CB, Lions—8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss in the 28-14 loss to the Seahawks.

Holton Hill, CB, Vikings—5 tackles, 1 pass deflection in the 30-20 loss to the Saints.

Alex Okafor, DE, Saints—2 tackles in the 30-20 win over the Vikings.

Trey Hopkins, OG, Bengals—138 team rushing yards, 2 team rushing TDs in the 37-34 win over the Buccaneers.

Malcom Brown, DT, Patriots—1 tackle in the 25-6 win over the Bills.

Poona Ford, DT, Seahawks—1 tackle in the 28-14 win over the Lions.

Justin Tucker, K, Ravens—3 for 3 on extra points, in the 36-21 loss to the Panthers.

Phil Dawson, K, Cardinals—1 for 1 on extra points, 1 for 1 on field goals in the 18-15 win over the 49ers.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams—1 rush for 7 yards in 29-27 win over the Packers.

Malik Jefferson, LB – Bengals—22 special teams snaps in the 37-34 win over the Buccaneers.

Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins—He backed up Alex Smith in the 20-13 win over the Giants. His Redskins are 5-2 in first place of the NFC East.

Adrian Phillips, CB, Chargers—Bye

Brian Orakpo, LB, Titans—Bye

Kenny Vaccaro, S, Titans—Bye

Geoff Swaim, TE, Cowboys—Bye

Connor Williams, G, Cowboys—Bye

Derrick Johnson, LB, Free Agent—Requested his release from Raiders and was granted it before the Week 7 bye.

Tyrone Swoopes, TE, Seahawks—Released by Seahawks on Oct. 27 and cleared waivers two days later. He signed with the practice squad on Tuesday.

Did Not Play/Inactive

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Colts—Inactive in the 42-28 win over the Raiders.

On Injured Reserve/PUP

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans— PUP. Week 7 was the first week Foreman was eligible to be added to the active roster. His Texans beat the Dolphins 42-23.

Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks—IR

Sam Acho, LB, Bears—IR

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Panthers—IR

DeShon Elliott, S, Ravens—IR

Marcus Johnson, WR, Colts—IR

Chris Warren, RB, Raiders—IR

Longhorns in the NFL

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