Longhorns' punter Michael Dickson selected by Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round

Seattle hasn't ruled out QB add

Seattle hasn't ruled out QB add

Former Longhorns' punter Michael Dickson became the first Texas alum to be selected on Saturday at the NFL Draft in Arlington, going at pick No. 149 to the Seattle Seahawks. He also showed his versatility as a pass catcher out of the backfield, and had two kickoff return touchdowns and another TD on a punt return.

Despite a history of bringing in products of the Purple and Gold, Dissly is the first UW player selected by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.

Dissly started his Washington career at defensive end, but switched to tight end before his junior season. He led the nation with 2,248 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns for the Aztecs. He had a career day against Montana in September, catching five passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

"It's unbelievable", Dissly said. In a phone conversation with 406mtsports.com a few weeks ago, he said "I've always kind of hung my hat on the fact that I'm just a kid from Montana and trying to make it big in this world".

Not only did the Seahawks select Dickson with their fifth-round selection, they traded up to do so. Now I see it's real.

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The Seahawks used the No. 27 selection in the first round to strengthen their commitment to an offense based around the run and put less of the offensive onus on quarterback Russell Wilson.

Dickson won't be the lone punter in the room when he arrives in Seattle. Dissly says those skills, paired with his size and athleticism, are what he prides himself on.

In his last college game at the Texas Bowl, Dickson's heroics got him named MVP, an achievement rarely given to special teams players, and even more rare for punters. "But then you start looking at all the mocks and the projections", Penny said Thursday night.

Dissly told 406mtsports.com that he would be in Bozeman over the weekend with family and friends watching the NFL Draft.

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