After a season plagued by kicking woes, it’s convenient for the Texas Longhorns that three-star kicker Cameron Dicker was in their backyard. Dicker received the offer from his home-town university in late April and spent a week thinking before committing to play football 20 minutes east of his hometown.
Dicker, ranked No. 5 in the nation, spent the last three seasons handling kickoffs, field goals and PATs for the Lake Travis Cavaliers.
As he physically matured, Dicker showed improved leg strength and accuracy in his field goals, hitting 12 of his 16 attempts as a senior. During his career, he added a full nine yards yards to his field goal distance, improving from 44 yards as a sophomore to a long of 53 yards as a senior.
In the same way, Dicker showed improvement on his kickoffs as well over his three seasons kicking. In his final campaign with Lake Travis, he averaged 63.1 yards on kickoffs, with 51 of his 104 kicks resulting in touchbacks.
Additionally, he was nearly automatic on PATs, converting 230 of his 233 attempts with the Cavs.
As a freshman, Dicker should factor into the Longhorns’ plans in 2018, after current kicker Joshua Rowland struggled mightily in 2017.
The JUCO transfer hit just 10 of his 17 field goal attempts, and was just two of seven on kicks longer than 40 yards. The lack of range and consistency forced the Texas offense to stay on the field and try several fourth down conversions, rather than attempt for points.
Dicker took advantage of the early signing period, and will join the team in the fall.