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Indianapolis Colts Sign Former Utah Kicker Matt Gay To Practice Squad

Kendall Sheffield #20 of the Atlanta Falcons blocks an extra point attempt of Matt Gay #9 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Indianapolis Colts signed former Utah Utes place kicker Matt Gay following the opening week of the 2020 NFL season.

Indianapolis officially added Gay to its practice squad roster on Tuesday, September 15.

Gay’s signing comes one day after the Colts brought him in for a workout.

During the Colts’ week one loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis’ rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed one his field goal attempts.

The former Utah kicker was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only days before the start of the 2020 season. Tampa Bay replaced Gay with veteran kicker Ryan Succop.

2019 was Gay’s rookie season in the NFL and his only year with the Bucs.

During his first season, Gay connected on 27 of his 35 field goal attempts. He made five of his eight kicks from beyond 50 yards. However, Gay struggled on shorter field goal attempts and missed five kicks between 30-49 yards.

Gay also struggled on point(s) after touchdown (PAT) kicks and missed five extra point attempts in 2019.

He was originally drafted by Tampa Bay during the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Matt Gay’s career at Utah

Prior to his time in the NFL, Gay was an All-American player for the University of Utah.

During his Utah career, the kicker received the following honors.

  • Consensus All-American (2017)
  • Lou Groza Award (2017)
  • Two-time First-team All-Pac-12 (2017-18)

Gay left Utah as the program’s record holder for 50-yard field goal made with eight. He ranks third all-time at Utah with 56 career field goals and career kick scoring points with 253 points. Gay’s career field goal percentage of 86.15% is second all-time for the Utes.