Following a “big balls” performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 8, Seattle Seahawks rookie Michael Dickson was awarded the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The Australian phenom has now added another award to his rookie campaign, being named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November.
Dickson is the first punter to be given the award in 2018, joining five kickers as recipients this season (AFC and NFC). It’s the latest mark in what has already been an impressive rookie season, and there is likely more to come. As of Week 12, Dickson was leading all NFC punters in Pro-Bowl voting, as well.
In four games in November, Dickson punted 16 times, averaging 53 yards per punt (with a net average of 47.4). That’s just over 4 yards more than his season long average of 48.6 yards per punt, and more than Andy Lee and Cameron Johnston’s average of 48.8, which currently leads the NFL. Dickson’s longest punt in November was a booming 68-yarder, and he pinned the opposition inside their 5-yard line five times.
Dickson is the first Seahawk to win a player of the month award in 2018, and the first Seattle rookie to win the award since Tyler Lockett did so in 2015 as a returner.