You might remember Michael Dickson from 2015, dropping a snap at a critical juncture of Texas' home loss to Oklahoma State. Well, Dickson more than made up for it this season.
Michael Dickson end 2016 as the Big 12 Conference's leading punter. More than that, he hold's the record as UT's all-time single season record holder. Dickson was Texas' first-ever finalist for the Ray Guy Award.
On the season Dickson averaged 47.4 yards per punt on 65 attempts including 28 downed inside the 20. His average was third best in the FBS. 25 of his 65 punts went for more than 50 yards, including a career-best 74-yarder which was tied for the sixth-longest punt in school history. All that was plenty good enough to merit the Roundup's Specialist of the Year.
Others under consideration:
Eric Keena, North Texas: Keena averaged 43.8 yards a punt. That was good enough for a top 20 finish nationally. He had 20 punts downed inside the 20.
Brandon McDowell, Texas State: McDowell finished 2016 ranked 17th in punt returns at 10.1 on his 12 attempts. McDowell also averaged 16.6 yards a return on kickoffs.