Utah Kicker Matt Gay’s NCAA Clock Extended

Published on October 04, 2017 at 04:57PM

SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah football program learned today that kicker Matt Gay has received an additional year of eligibility through a clock extension related to his LDS church mission. Gay, initially thought to have just one season of NCAA eligibility, may now participate with the Utes through the spring of 2019. Because it is an eligibility clock extension, a waiver from the NCAA was not necessary.

A walk-on who joined the team during preseason camp, Gay is the nation’s leading field goal kicker, ranking No. 1 in field goals made (14), total points (56), points per game (14.0), field goals per game (3.50) and field goal percentage (1.000). Gay, whose 56-yard field against San Jose State is the longest field goal in the nation this season, is also perfect in extra points (14-of-14).

His only previous football experience came as a high school senior at Orem High (Utah) in 2011. He played soccer at Utah Valley in 2014 and 2016—serving a church mission during the 2015-16 academic year.