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New kickers stand out in the Pac-12

in Announcements Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:23 am
by Bellaaaa • 38 Posts

It seemed random when soccer player Matt Gay showed up at a football kicking clinic at Utah over the summer. But the Utes have experience in finding their kickers in unexpected ways.

Gay hadn't played football since 2011 when he was in high school in Orem,womens Max Garcia Jersey, and even then he only played his senior season. He went on to play soccer for a couple of seasons at Utah Valley University.

But he impressed Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and his staff as the team searched to replace Andy Phillips,womens Brandon McManus Jersey, Utah's record-setting kicker who booted the game-winner in last year's 26-24 victory over Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Gay was a walk-on in fall camp. This month he got early word from the NCAA that he'd get an extra year of eligibility next season. When Whittingham announced it to the team during a meeting on the practice field,womens Darian Stewart Jersey, he called Gay up.

and Gay learned he'd earned a scholarship.,womens Brandon Marshall JerseyWhittingham pointed to a building in the distance, where a banner was unfurled: "You're on scholly, Matty" it said

He currently leads the NCAA in field goals per game with an average of 2.38. He also is the national leader with 19 total made field goals. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 79 points, averaging 9.9 points a game.

He's been a bright spot this season for the Utes, who have lost four straight.

he won the job and now he's leading the nation in field goals made. So he's been a pleasant surprise.","He just showed up at one of our kicking camps that we have in the summertime and was very impressive," Whittingham said. "Long story short, we invited him to camp

100 FG attempts and 427 points scored.,Gay's success for Utah has mirrored that of Phillips, who was a member of the U.S. Ski team and had never played in a football game at any level when he joined the Utes. Phillips played in all of Utah's 51 games over the past four years, setting school records with 84 field goals made

Gay has kicked a 56-yard field goal this season, tied for second-longest in the nation behind Arizona's Lucas Havrisik, who kicked a 57-yard field goal last weekend against Washington State.

Gay is among several interesting kickers in the Pac-12 this season:

MY GENERATION: Colorado kicker James Stefanou holds the distinction of being the oldest kicker in the league. The 30-year-old Australian is the second-oldest kicker at the FBS level womens Jamaal Charles Jersey, three months younger than Derrick Mitchell of Western Michigan.

Stefanou was also a soccer player who learned American football at Prokick Australia,>womens Todd Davis Jersey an academy that has developed such players as former punters Tom Hornsey of Memphis and Tom Hackett of Utah. Current Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky is also a product of the school.

"It's been a unique situation but he's done really, really well,womens Bennie Fowler Jersey" coach Mike MacIntyre said.

This season Stefanou has made 13 of 15 field goals for the Buffaloes,Authentic Darian Stewart Jersey, his longest from 49 yards out.

and Gay learned he'd earned a scholarship.,Authentic Brandon Marshall Jersey,Whittingham pointed to a building in the distance, where a banner was unfurled: "You're on scholly, Matty" it said

He currently leads the NCAA in field goals per game with an average of 2.38. He also is the national leader with 19 total made field goals. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 79 points, Authentic Todd Davis Jersey,'averaging 9.9 points a game.

He's been a bright spot this season for the Utes, Authentic Jamaal Charles Jersey,'who have lost four straight.

he won the job and now he's leading the nation in field goals made.Authentic Max Garcia Jersey,' So he's been a pleasant surprise.","He just showed up at one of our kicking camps that we have in the summertime and was very impressive," Whittingham said. "Long story short, we invited him to camp

100 FG attempts and 427 points scored.,Gay's success for Utah has mirrored that of Phillips, who was a member of the U.S. Ski team and had never played in a football game at any level when he joined the Utes.>Authentic Bennie Fowler Jersey, Phillips played in all of Utah's 51 games over the past four years, setting school records with 84 field goals made

Gay has kicked a 56-yard field goal this season > Authentic Brandon McManus Jersey,tied for second-longest in the nation behind Arizona's Lucas Havrisik, who kicked a 57-yard field goal last weekend against Washington State.

Gay is among several interesting kickers in the Pac-12 this season:Authentic Riley Dixon Jersey,

MY GENERATION: Colorado kicker James Stefanou holds the distinction of being the oldest kicker in the league.womens Riley Dixon Jersey>, The 30-year-old Australian is the second-oldest kicker at the FBS level three months younger than Derrick Mitchell of Western Michigan.

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