Top Returning Big 12 Punters For 2017

    The Big 12 will be loaded with quality, experienced punters when the 2017 season begins.

    March 17, 2017

    The Big 12 will be loaded with quality, experienced punters when the 2017 season begins.

    Big 12 defenses on the whole? Yeah, they leave a lot to be desired. However, those shoddy and vulnerable defensive units, in some instances, will have secret weapons lurking on special teams. The Big 12 houses a fine collection of punters, five returners of whom earned at least honorable mention all-league a year ago. And Texas’ Michael Dickson and Oklahoma State’s Zach Sinor are bona fide game-changers, with the experience and leg talent to vie for national honors in 2017.

    Top Returning Big 12 Punters

    3. Drew Galitz, Baylor

    Unheralded though he may be, Galitz has been an important performer at Baylor for the past two seasons. In fact, the former prep All-American has been named honorable mention All-Big 12 following both of those years. As a sophomore, Galitz upped his average to 41.6 yards while also advertising his leg strength on kickoffs. Plus, he was the main reason the Bears allowed just eight punts to be returned for an average of 2.1 yards apiece.

    2. Zach Sinor, Oklahoma State

    Sinor isn’t all that imposing at 5-10 and 215 pounds. And last season’s average of 42.8 yards only ranked him 32nd nationally. But he’s a marksman with his right foot, allowing the Cowboys to dominate field position and pin opponents deep in their own territory. Of the sophomore’s 56 punts last year, 35 ended up inside the 20-yard line, as Oklahoma State ranked No. 2 in the FBS in punt coverage. Sinor was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2016 and an All-Big 12 Second Team pick.

    1. Michael Dickson, Texas

    Dickson authored one of the best seasons ever for a Longhorn punter, and it was just his second one in Austin. In other words, there might still be room for growth for the Sydney, Australia native before heading to the NFL. As a sophomore, he was the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year and UT’s first-ever Ray Guy Award finalist. Dickson is an athletic 6-2, 209-pounder, with the leg pop to rank third nationally with an average of 47.4 yards an attempt in 2016.

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