Ravell Call, Deseret News
Utah Utes place kicker Matt Gay hits a field goal against San Jose State during NCAA football played in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
We are only three games in, but so far he is someone we can really rely on — which is a good luxury. —Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham

Utah senior kicker Matt Gay has made the most of his opportunities in his initial college football campaign. The former UVU soccer player has yet to miss in 11 field-goal attempts. He’s also perfect in 11 PATs.

After scoring 18 points last Saturday, Gay was named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week.

Gay made a 56-yard field goal, the second-longest in Utah history — trailing only a 59-yarder by Marv Bateman in 1971.

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham noted that Gay has hit from 60 yards out in practice. He leads the Pac-12 and is tied for first in the nation in field goals made.

“We are only three games in, but so far he is someone we can really rely on — which is a good luxury,” Whittingham said.

EXTRA POINTS: True freshman Javelin Guidry, who made four tackles and had a pass breakup against San Jose State, is now listed as the backup to Boobie Hobbs at nickel back ... Chase Hansen, who did not play last week because of an undisclosed injury, tops the latest depth chart at strong safety ... Utah’s next home game is Saturday, Oct. 7 against Stanford.