Utah Utes kicker Matt Gay has received an NCAA clock extension, so he will be able to participate with the team through spring of 2019, essentially meaning he gets to play for Utah football for two years instead of just one. This type of extension does not require a waiver from the NCAA and was granted due to his LDS church mission he served during the 2015-16 academic year.
Despite never having played collegiate football prior to this season at Utah, Gay leads the nation in many categories after previously playing soccer at Utah Valley University. He leads the nation 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) and has made the longest field goal so far this season with his 56-yard field goal against San Jose State, which is the second-longest in school history as well. He is also the only kicker in school history to make two 50-yard field goals in one game, which he accomplished against San Jose State. In addition to his 14 field goals, Gay has made 14-of-14 extra points on the season as well.