One round after his kicking mate was drafted, Matt Gay had is name called in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt was the 4th Utes drafted up to this point (5 overall), and of course completed the duo of Wishonwsky and Gay’s kicking duo.
Gay is the first Utah kicker taken in the draft in program history and the first Pac-12 kicker drafted since 2009 when USC’s David Buehler went in the fifth round to Dallas. Gay is the third Ute drafted by Tampa Bay in school history. With both Gay and Mitch Wishnowsky getting drafted, it is the first time since 1985 that a punter and a kicker from the same school were drafted in the same year.
We all knew we had special kickers, but I’m not sure if we could have anticipated them being as good as they were, and being picked in the NFL Draft. Gay won the Lou Groza Award his junior season, and got robbed of it this past year.
In two seasons at Utah, he was also a two-time All-American and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 pick. He ranks third all-time at Utah with 56 career field goals, is fourth in attempts (65), third in career kick scoring points (253), set the school record for 50-yard field goals made (8), ranks second in career field goal percentage (86.15) and is seventh in career PATs made (85).