AUSTIN, Texas – Texas senior kicker/punter Cameron Dicker will forego his additional year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, he announced on Wednesday.
Statement from Cameron Dicker:
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for Longhorn Football, The University of Texas, and the City of Austin. To my coaches, professors, teammates, and fans, thank you for your support. There is nothing like the pride and loyalty of The University of Texas and of being a Longhorn. The Forty Acres has given me so much more than just a college football career and one of the best educations in the nation, it has given me an extended family that bleeds Burnt Orange.
“The decision to stay one more year has weighed heavy on my heart, but after careful consideration and prayer, I have decided to forgo my extra year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. Saying goodbye to Texas is a decision that has been difficult and is one that I would not choose if I wasn’t confident that God is ready to use me in this next chapter.
“Coming to Texas, I could never have imagined I’d be leaving holding the records of all-time field goals made and most points scored by a Texas kicker, as well as third in all-time points scored. I am humbled and honored by these accomplishments given all the great players who came before me.
“I am so proud to have represented Texas as your kicker these last four years. I love this university and I love Longhorn Nation. The Forty Acres will always be home to me.”
Dicker ends his collegiate career as one of the most successful kickers in Texas history. During his time on the Forty Acres, he appeared in 49 games and scored 386 points for the Longhorns, the most points ever by a Texas kicker and the third-most among any position in program history. He is UT’s career leader in field goals made (60), tied for first in career attempts (79), is second all-time in extra points made (206) and attempted (210), and fourth in career field goal accuracy at 75.9 percent (60-for-79). During a stretch from 2020-21, Dicker was successful on 70 consecutive extra point attempts, the fourth-longest streak in program history, and made his final 12 field goal attempts of 2021, the fourth-longest string for a Longhorn. His four 50-yard field goals are tied for the sixth-most in UT history, including a 57-yard field goal at Rice in 2019 that is tied for the seventh-longest ever for a Longhorn.
The Austin native made a name for himself for his clutch performances. As a freshman in 2018, Dicker connected on a 40-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the AT&T Red River Showdown to defeat seventh-ranked Oklahoma, 48-45. In 2019, he had a pair of walk-off field goals, kicking a 26-yard field goal to defeat No 16 Kansas State, 27-24, and then making a 33-yard try to down Kansas, 50-48, the following week.
This season, Dicker had a field goal accuracy percentage of 86.7 percent (13-of-15), the fourth-best single-season mark for a Longhorn. In Texas’ 70-35 victory over Texas Tech, he tied UT single-game records for extra points attempted (10) and made (10). Against TCU, Dicker registered a single-game career best with four successful field goal attempts, tied for the fifth-most by a Longhorn and one shy of the program record. He handled punting duties as well, punting 47 times for 2,200 yards for an average of 46.8 yards per punt, the third-best single-season average in program history. He had 16 punts of 50-plus yards, including a 78-yard punt versus Oklahoma and a 77-yard boot against Oklahoma State, respectively the fifth- and sixth-longest punts in Texas history.
Dicker earned 2021 All-Big 12 First Team honors at punter from the league’s coaches and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. He was a two-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection as a kicker (2018, ’20) and twice earned honorable mention nods (2017, ’19). A semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy Award in 2021, Dicker was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection (2019-21) and a five-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.