Texas punter Michael Dickson punts against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 8, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Michael Dickson represents Texas among Ray Guy finalists

Posted November 21st, 2016

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Already considered among the nation’s top punters, Texas sophomore Michael Dickson will find out if he’s No. 1 on Dec. 8.

Dickson has been named a finalist for the 2016 Ray Guy Award, which is given annually to the best punter in college football. The Augusta Sports Council has announced that Utah sophomore Mitch Wishnowsky and Ohio State senior Cameron Johnston are the other finalists.

Texas’ first-ever Ray Guy finalist is averaging 47.3 yards per punt, which ranks fourth in the country and would be a school record if the season ended today (Russell Erxleben averaged 46.6 yards per punt in 1976).  Twenty-two of Dickson’s 57 punts have exceeded 50 yards, and 24 have landed inside of an opponents’ 20-yard-line. Only nine of Dickson’s punts have resulted in touchbacks.

Wishnowsky is averaging a nation-leading 48.6 yards per punt. Johnston’s kicks are covering 46.3 yards.

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