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Matthew

Wright

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

Bio

CAREER
• Record holder for most points in a career with 375
• Also holds the record for field goals made with 55
• Set program record with 212 PATs, including a record 153 in a row
• Has connected on 55-of-71 field goals, tied for the all-time record with a career percentage of .774

• Has made 210-of-213 (.985) extra points, which is currently the second best percentage in program history

R-SENIOR (2018):
• Played and started all 13 games as the placekicker and the kickoff specialist
• Named to American Athletic Conference Second Team
• Connected on all 74 PATs, becoming the eighth kicker in program history to convert all PATs in a season
• Opened the season 8-of-8 on field goal attempts, before finishing the regular season 12-of-14 with a long of 46
• Recorded a 58.3-yard average from 97 kickoffs with 29 touchbacks, also notched two tackles and a fumble recovery
• UConn (8/30): Was a perfect 8-for-8 on PATS and drilled a trio of touchbacks on nine kickoffs
• SCSU (9/8): Connected on a 25-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 on PATs
• Pitt (9/29): Converted a chip-shot 21-yard field goal and stayed perfect on six PATs
• SMU (10/6): Hammered field goals of 45 and 34 yards, hit all six PATs and sent six of eight kickoffs for touchbacks with a season-high 63.8 average and recorded first career fumble recovery
• Memphis (10/13): Drilled a crucial 44-yard field goal just before halftime, which gave him the all-time points lead, also made all four PATs, earned American Athletic Conference Special Teams of the Week honors
• ECU (10/20): Went 3-for-3 on kicks from 39, 41 and 46 yards, launched five touchbacks on eight kickoffs and converted all four PATs, garnered second straight American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week nod
• Temple (11/1): Hit a 32-yard field goal and stayed perfect with seven PATs, plus two touchbacks
• USF (11/23): Split the uprights on a 42-yard kick, converted five PATs and drove two kickoffs for touchbacks
• Memphis (12/1): Converted eight PATs and posted a 62.4 kickoff average with one touchback                                                                                                                                   • LSU (1/1): Connected on a 37-yard field goal and converted three PATs 

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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