2019 Position Preview: Specialists

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85 players are currently on scholarship at Texas. Three of them are specialists.

Some programs don’t dedicate a lot of time to special teams, viewing it as a box to check rather than a winnable third phase of the game.

Texas dedicates time and money to special teams. All three of Texas’ starting specialists, sophomores Ryan Bujcevski, Cameron Dicker, and Justin Mader, are on scholarship.

Their coordinator, Derek Warehime, spoke Thursday about the progress Dicker and Bujcevski made during the offseason.

“They’ve done a really nice job over the summer and they’ve had solid training camps,” Warehime said. “They’ve both developed physically. Honestly, pretty impressed with what those guys were able to do as true freshmen stepping in and executing the way they did. They’ve had great training camps, they’re bigger, faster, stronger, carrying more weight and executing at a high level across the board. So we’re pleased with them.”

Warehime also spoke highly of Mader, who will assume deep snapping responsibilities for the punt team in addition to field goals.

“Justin’s done a really good job, he has,” Warehime said. “He’s busted his butt through the offseason and through the summer. Him and Ryan have spent a lot of time together working on their own. He’s done a really good job all camp. We expect him to go into the stadium in nine days and execute at a high level.”

Entering their sophomore seasons, all three should be able to improve upon encouraging freshman campaigns.

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