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16 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Matthew McCrane

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In which BracketCat counts down the 16th day until kickoff with a profile of kicker Matthew McCrane.

Matthew McCrane watches his successful kick like a boss in the one-point win at Oklahoma last season — a game in which his undeniable status as the best kicker on that field ultimately proved to be the difference between victory and defeat.
Matthew McCrane watches his successful kick like a boss in the one-point win at Oklahoma last season — a game in which his undeniable status as the best kicker on that field ultimately proved to be the difference between victory and defeat.
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MatthewMcCrane

#16 Matthew McCrane
Redshirt Sophomore
5-10 | 165
Brownwood, Texas

Bio

Position: Kicker

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Matthew McCrane (Sept. 8, 1994) is a talented young kicker who redshirted in 2013, then took over place-kicking duties during the fourth game of last season and completed one of the best seasons by a kicker in school history.

McCrane, who now will compete to be the primary place-kicker again in 2015, was voted a player representative for the upcoming season, and also earned 2015 preseason All-Big 12 honors from Athlon and Phil Steele.

He connected on 18 of 19 field goals in the final 10 games of 2014 — including all 11 from 30 yards or more — and 41 of 42 extra points en route to honorable mention All-American, Freshman All-American, and All-Big 12 honors.

McCrane led the nation in field-goal percentage at 94.7 percent, while he was 20th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 in field goals per game (1.50).

He shattered the K-State freshman record for points with 94, nearly 40 more than the previous record held by Martin Gramatica (1994). His totals ranked second in school history for field-goal percentage and tied for fifth in makes.

McCrane also tied for third in school history in single-season 50-yard field goals, including connecting on a 53-yarder against Oklahoma State, the longest by a freshman in school history and longest by a Wildcat since 2011.

He also was true on a 52-yard attempt against Kansas as he became the first freshman kicker in school history with two 50-yarders in a year. Then he made four field goals at West Virginia, which tied for the second most in school history, were the most in the Big 12 and tied for the sixth most nationally in 2014.

McCrane earned Lou Groza Star of the Week honors following the Texas game, in which he made all three field-goal attempts, tying for 10th in school history in single-game field goals made.

He was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week following the Kansas game by making both field-goal attempts and all five extra-point attempts. He also made five or more extra points against UTEP (7), Oklahoma State (6) and Texas Tech (5), and was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

Suffice to say, McCrane is going to be kicking for us for the next three years and his job will be pretty secure.