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16 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Matthew McCrane

In which BracketCat counts down the 16th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of kicker Matthew McCrane.

#16 Matthew McCrane
When healthy, Matthew McCrane (16) is one of the best kickers K-State has ever had. The key word there is “healthy.” Here’s hoping he stays that way in his final season.
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Goal No. 16: RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for your own performance.

#16 Matthew McCrane

Redshirt Senior | 5-10 | 165 lbs. | Brownwood, Texas
Matthew McCrane
Matthew McCrane
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Kicker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Matthew McCrane (Sept. 8, 1994) is an experienced kicker who redshirted in 2013, took over place-kicking duties during the fourth game of 2014 and now has completed three of the best seasons by a kicker in school history.

A two-time All-Big 12 place kicker who is looking to end his career on a high note and finish toward the top of several school career kicking categories, McCrane currently ranks first in school history and is tied for fourth nationally among active players by making 90 percent (36 of 40) of his career field goals.

He also ranks in K-State’s top 10 in career field goals made (seventh with 36), extra points made (seventh, 85), extra points attempted (seventh, 86) and field goals attempted (tied for eighth, 40), and has 193 career points, three shy of entering the school’s top-10 list.

McCrane, who earned 2015 and 2016 preseason All-Big 12 honors from Athlon and Phil Steele, graduated in May 2016 with a degree in marketing and currently is pursuing his master of business administration degree.

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 makes 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).

McCrane’s freshman totals ranked second in school history for field-goal percentage and tied for fifth in makes. He 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.

McCrane 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 that season 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.

McCrane 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.

In 2015, McCrane connected on all seven field-goal attempts and 15 extra-point attempts en route to honorable mention All-Big 12 honors, despite missing a portion of the year due to injury.

He teamed with Jack Cantele to give K-State the second set of kickers in Big 12 history to earn All-Big 12 honors in the same season (2001 Colorado was the other).

McCrane connected on both field-goal attempts against South Dakota, and one apiece against Kansas and West Virginia, including a season-long 40-yarder against the Mountaineers.

He made all three field-goal attempts in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Arkansas, breaking his own school record for field-goal makes in a bowl game, and was true on a season-high five extra-point attempts at Kansas, while he also made all four against South Dakota.

McCrane kicked in eight games last season, going 11 of 14 on field goals and a perfect 29 of 29 on extra points, the latter tying the school record. He was true on his first two field goals in the season opener at Stanford to set the school record for career consecutive field goals made at 16, bettering Jamie Rheem’s mark of 15 in 1999.

Despite continued injury struggles, McCrane recorded a season-best three field goals against both West Virginia and Texas Tech. His effort against the Red Raiders included a season long 42-yarder.

McCrane connected on all nine extra-point attempts against Florida Atlantic, tying the school records for single-game extra points made and attempted. He also kicked off 31 times with 11 touchbacks, including a season-high four against Texas Tech on nine kickoffs.