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Matt Prater

Matt Prater

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Estero, Fla.

High School:
Estero HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 180

Position:
Place Kicker

Birthdate:
08/10/1984

Elig.:
SR

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One of the top kickers in the nation ... entering his fourth year as the starting place-kicker ... possesses a strong leg on both kickoffs and field goals ... among the all-time leaders in field goals and scoring at UCF.

2004: Started the first nine games of the season before a leg injury ended his season ... started at both punter and place-kicker at No. 21 Wisconsin (Sept. 4) ... 2-for-2 on field goal attempts ... booted a 51-yard field goal, the second-longest of his career ... also the second 50-yard-plus field goal of his career, ranking Prater second in UCF career history ... the two field goals extended his streak of consecutive made field goals to seven ... also punted four times for an average of 42.2 yards ... 2-for-2 on field goal attempts vs. No. 10 West Virginia (Sept. 11) ... extended his streak of consecutive made field goals to nine, the third-longest streak in school history ... another perfect 2-for-2 performance in field goals at Penn State (Sept. 18) ... extended his streak of consecutive field goals to 11, the second longest streak in school history ... streak of 11 straight made field goals snapped at Buffalo (Oct. 4) ... also missed a PAT vs. the Bulls ... missed his first career game vs. Northern Illinois (hip) ... returned to the starting lineup vs. Akron (Oct. 16), going 3-for-3 on PATs ... 43-yard field goal into a gusty wind at Marshall (Oct. 30) ... moved into a tie for fourth place in school history in career field goals vs. Ohio (Nov. 6).

2003: Turned in one of the most surprising seasons in NCAA history ... led the nation in punting and set a new school and MAC record with a 47.9 yard per punt average ... outstanding season continued with 10-of-13 field goal performance ... was a perfect 4-for-4 from 40 yards or longer ... had the best day in UCF punting history in his first game as punter at Virginia Tech (Aug. 31) ... punted six times for 334 yards (55.7 average) ... the 55.7 punt average set a new school record, breaking the old mark by more than five yards ... had two of the top five punts in school history with a 71-yard boot and a 67-yard punt ... also a perfect 4-of-4 on PAT attempts and kicked three touchbacks on kickoffs ... two field goals and two touchbacks vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 13) ... connected on a 43- and 38-yard field goal, while missing from 34-yards out ... continued his stellar punting at Syracuse, punting five times for an average of 44.6 yards ... boomed one punt 57 yards and also kicked two inside the 20 ... one-for-one with a 26-yard field goal at Kent State (Sept. 27) ... also kicked four punts for an average of 39.4 yards per punt ... one punt was pinned inside the 20 with a long of 49 yards ... kicked two field goals in a 19-10 win over Buffalo (Oct. 4) ... turned in another amazing punting performance at Ohio (Oct. 11) ... broke his own school record for average yards per punt with a stellar average of 57.6 yards per punt vs. the Bobcats ... punted seven times for a total of 403 yards ... boomed a 74-yard punt, the second-longest in school history ... the 74-yard punt was the second punt Prater kicked over 70 yards in 2003 ... was 1-for-1 in field goal attempts after kicking a 19-yard field goal at Akron (Oct. 18) ... punted three times for an average of 57.7 yards per punt vs. Central Michigan ... also booted a 31-yard field goal ... continued amazing season with eight punts for an average of 52.4 yards at West Virginia (Nov. 1) ... the 52.4 yard average marked the fourth time in 2003 Prater averaged over 50 yards per punt in a game ... also kicked a 43-yard field goal, which tied for the longest of the season ... 2-for-2 in field goals at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 8) ... drilled a 40-yard FG and 46-yard FG ... the 46-yard field goal was the longest FG of the year ... 4-for-4 in 2003 on field goal attempts between 40-49 yards ... punted five times for 244 yards vs. Marshall (Nov. 19) ... averaged 48.8 yards per punt

2002: Prater moved into the starting role immediately as a freshman and earned fourth team Sporting News all-Freshman honors ... made 14-of-21 field goal attempts ... had three field goals in his first career game against Penn State, including his season-high of 53 yards ... his 53-yard boot tied him for the longest field goal by a player in the MAC in 2002 ... was good on four field goal tries against Kent State , tying a school record ... connected on 44-of-47 extra point attempts ... finished the season with a team-high 86 points ... the 86 points also ranked him ninth in the MAC.

High School: Prater graduated from Estero High School in 2002 ... played for Bill Swats ... a model of consistency hitting on 56-of-58 point after attempts ... also booted 14 field goals, including one of 49 yards ... put 84 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone ... named second team all-state ... first team all-conference and all-Southwest Florida, and was named to the second team "Dream Team".

Personal: Prater is a psychology major ... born Aug. 10, 1984, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio ... son of Dr. John and Stacy Prater.

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