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Matthew

Wright

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#11

Place-Kicker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 179
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
High School: Lampeter-Strasburg
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

CAREER
• Currently has 265 points kicking, which ranks fourth all-time and fifth all-time for overall points scored
• Also ranks sixth all-time with 43 career field goals made
• Has connected on 43-of-57 field goals, ranking fourth all-time with a career percentage of .754
• His 136 career extra points ranks fourth all-time at UCF
• Has made 136-of-139 (.978) extra points, which is currently the second best percentage in program history

R-JUNIOR (2017)
• Named Second Team All-Conference by The American
• Earned the Order of Pegasus Award, the University of Central Florida’s most prestigious honor
• With 13 field goals and 80 extra points, 119 points scored set a new program record for points kicking in a season and marked the second-most points scored in a season, trailing only Kevin Smith’s 180 in 2007
• Going 80-of-81 on extra points, shattered the program record of 59 extra points made in a season
• First extra point attempt of the season was blocked, but 80 consecutive point afters to end the year mark the fourth best streak in program history
• The .988 percentage on extra points is the seventh most accurate in a single season at UCF
• Hammered 104 kickoffs for an average of 59.7 yards and 23 touchbacks
• Played in and started all 13 games as place kicker and kickoff specialist
• FIU (8/31): Drilled a 44-yard field goal as the first half expired
• Memphis (9/30): Connected on a pair of boots, including a 35-yard effort...Named The American Special Teams Player of the Week
• Cincinnati (10/5): Split the uprights with a season-long 47-yarder
• ECU (10/14): Was 9-for-9 on extra points, which tied for the second most point afters made in program history...Also recorded a career-high six touchbacks on 10 kickoffs
• Austin Peay (10/28): Broke the school record for extra points in a game, going 10-for-10...Also was one-for-one on field goals
• at Temple (11/18): Connected on a 44-yard attempt
• Memphis (12/2): Perfect on two attempts with a long of 31 at The American Championships...Also connected on eight extra points...14 points kicking were the sixth most ever in a game by a UCF kicker
• vs. Auburn (1/1): Made two field goals, including a 45-yarder in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
• Named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award for the best place kicker in the nation

R-SOPHOMORE (2016)
• Played in all 13 games as placekicker
• Went 17-for-22 on field goals for a .773 kicking percentage, the seventh best single season mark in UCF history
• Also went 39-of-41 on extra points to lead the team with 90 points on the season
• Connected on nine field goals of 40 yards or longer
• South Carolina State (9/3): Went 4-for-4 on field goals with a long of 46
• Maryland (9/17): Connected on a 42-yarder
• Temple (10/15): Had a 42-yard field goal
• at UConn (10/22): One of just 11 Knights all-time to kick a 50-yard field goal
• at Houston (10/29): Was successful in only field goal attempt, a 41-yard try
• Tulsa (11/19): Went 2-for-2 on field goals with a long of 48
• vs. Arkansas State (12/17): Made both field goal attempts and connected on a long of 45 yards in the Cure Bowl
• Named to 2016-17 American All-Academic Team

R-FRESHMAN (2015)
• Completed his first year kicking at the collegiate level by going 13-for-17 with a 76.5 percentage
• Was 5-for-7 from at least 40 yards out
• Scored 56 points on the year including going 17-for-17 on extra points
• Furman (9/19): Went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts
• at Tulane (10/3): Connected on a 34-yarder
• UConn (10/10): Was 2-for-2 with a long of 45
• at Temple (10/17): Made all three field goals with a long of 48
• Houston (10/24): Converted another 48-yard field goal
• at Tulsa (11/7): Perfect 3-for-3 with a long of 43
• USF (11/26): Made only field-goal attempt

FRESHMAN (2014)
• Honored on to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team
• Dressed for the Tulsa game, and spent the year learning behind three senior kickers

HIGH SCHOOL
• Played for coach John Manion at Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Pennsylvania
• Ranked with three stars and as the No. 46 best kicker in the nation by ESPN
• Was on the Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA First-Team, and was tabbed a Section Two First-Team All-Star as a placekicker and punter
• Converted 9-of-11 field-goal attempts as a senior, with a long of 42
• Went 15-of-18 in his high-school career
• Missed only four of 126 extra-point attempts in high school
• Also a Lancaster Newspapers Fall All-Star in soccer

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