Two Longhorns stood out in Week 8 of the NFL season. Phil Dawson, kicker from 1993–1997, recorded his longest field goal of the season. Recent graduate Jordan Hicks was nominated for defensive rookie of the year.
Dawson, kicker for the San Francisco 49ers, kicked a 54-yard field goal this weekend against the St. Louis Rams. Dawson’s two field goals on Sunday were the 49ers’ only points. Dawson also replaced punter Bradley Pinion in the fourth quarter after Pinion injured his calf. His 17-year NFL career includes stints in Oakland, New England, Cleveland and now San Francisco. Dawson holds the Cleveland Browns’ record for most field goals made during his time with the team and currently holds the Longhorn single-season record for most consecutive extra points made.
Linebacker Jordan Hicks has played his way into the defensive rookie of the year discussion. Hicks will compete with nominees including Eric Kendricks, Stephone Anthony and Landon Collins. Hicks currently leads all linebackers in solo tackles, is tied for the lead in picks and is the only nominee with a forced fumble or fumble recovery. No Philadelphia player has ever won the award.