Prater to the Super Bowl



Jan. 19, 2014

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The Knights are no stranger to the Super Bowl, and Super Bowl XLVIII will not be any different as UCF will be represented by kicker Matt Prater and the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos will go up against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

Prater will be making his first appearance of his career in the Super Bowl, and he will become the 12th different Knight all-time to reach the biggest game on the NFL calendar.

Knights in the Super Bowl
XXIX - Shawn Jefferson - San Diego - Lost to San Francisco
XXXI - Shawn Jefferson - New England - Lost to Green Bay
XXXIV - Mike Gruttadauria - St. Louis - Defeated Tennessee
XXXVII - Cornell Green - Tampa Bay - Defeated Oakland
XXXVII - Charles Lee - Tampa Bay - Defeated Oakland
XXXVIII - Asante Samuel - New England - Defeated Carolina
XXXIX - Asante Samuel - New England - Defeated Philadelphia
XLII - Asante Samuel - New England - Lost to New York Giants
XLII - Darcy Johnson - New York Giants - Defeated New England
XLV - Atari Bigby - Green Bay - Defeated Pittsburgh
XLV - Michael Greco - Green Bay - Defeated Pittsburgh
XLV - Josh Sitton - Green Bay - Defeated Pittsburgh
XLVII - Bruce Miller - San Francisco - Lost to Baltimore
XLVII - Jah Reid - Baltimore - Defeated San Francisco
XLVIII - Matt Prater - Denver - vs. Seattle

One of the most accurate kickers in the NFL, Prater lettered at UCF from 2002-05 and ranks tied for first in UCF history with 50 field goals made. He also holds the school marks with a 47.6 career punting average, a 47.9 season average (2003) and a 57.6 single-game average (Oct. 11, 2003). Now with the Broncos and solely as a placekicker, Prater went 25-for-26 in field goals in the 2013 regular season, and is converting on 81.6 percent of his attempts in his NFL career. In the NFC Championship Game Sunday vs. New England, Prater went 4-for-4 in Denver's 26-16 win.

Also in the NFL postseason, the Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26 and UCF has at least one player who will be going to Hawaii for the seventh consecutive year. This season, Prater and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will represent the Black and Gold, with Prater being honored for the first time and Marshall slated to make his fifth appearance highlighted by his MVP performance when he was with the Miami Dolphins Jan. 29, 2012.

Prater joins a list that includes Sitton (once), Marshall (five times), Samuel (four times) and Daunte Culpepper (three times) who have been named to the Pro Bowl.

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