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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Draft Preview: Matt Bosher

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Miami's Matt Bosher. He ranks in the top ten amongst kickers and in the top twenty amongst punters in the majority of the various draft rankings.

2010 Senior Season
  • Handled all of Miami's field goal, punting and kickoff duties
  • Named an All-ACC second team punter
  • Successfully converted nine of his last 10 field goal tries
  • Averaged a career-best 57.8 yards per punt at Virginia, booting punts of 56, 62, 52 and 61 yards against the Cavaliers
  • Kicked a season-long 51-yard field goal at No. 2 Ohio State on Sept. 11
  • Had a streak of 105 consecutive extra points made (second-longest streak in school history) snapped at Clemson on Oct. 2
  • Landed 19 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, including five against USF of Nov. 27
2009 Junior Season
  • Named All-ACC first team kicker and second team punter
  • Chosen to the Rivals.com All-ACC first team as a kicker and to the Phil Steele All-ACC first team as a kicker and `second team as a punter
  • Ended the season making 12 in a row which is the second-best streak in school history in a career and in a single-season
  • Earned All-ACC Specialist of the Week honors twice and was a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker
  • Named second team All-ACC as a kicker and punter
  • Connected on a career-long 52-yard field goal against Wake Forest and added another 50-yard field at Florida
  • Had a career-long 76-yard punt at Duke - which was the fourth-longest punt in school history - and had nine punts of 50-plus yards
  • Two-time Lou Groza Award national star of the week after performances against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech
  • Finished the regular season with eight total tackles on special teams
  • Rushed once on a fake punt against Florida State for 9-yard gain and first down.
2007 Freshman Season
  • Team's punter for all 12 games and also handled the kickoff duties late in the season
  • Averaged 40.2 yards on 58 punts
  • Had nine kicks inside the 20 and 19 fair catches 
High School
  • As a senior, named First-Team All-State
  • Hit 7 of 10 field goals, with a long of 52 yards
  • Handled kickoffs, sending 70 percent of them into the endzone his last two seasons
  • Averaged 46.5 yards a punt ... 
  • Selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl and the Army All-American game
  • Earned the Lou Groza Award for Palm Beach County as a junior and senior
  • Rated the No. 1 placekicker in the country by Scout.com, No. 3 by ESPN and No. 6 by Rivals.com

2010: 13 of 17 (76.5%) FGs; 37 of 40 PATs; 76 points
2009: 14 of 16 (87.5%) FGs; 50 of 50 PATs; 92 points
2008: 18 of 20 (90.0%) FGs; 40 of 40 PATs; 94 points

Bosher was one of the invitees at this year's NFL Scouting Combine back in February:
"I'm looking forward to honing it down to one, but I've been training to do all three here [placekicking, punting & kickoffs]. I feel like that gives me the best chance to make a team. I don't want to cut my chances by getting rid of one.... It's just another day. You practice for this day for years and years. I've gone through high school, through five years at Miami, all the off-season work I've done, and it comes to this. So it's just a matter of practicing and keeping your head down and working through everything."

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