Utah's Matt Gay wins Lou Groza Award

Utes' three-year reign of Ray Guy Award winners ends with Texas punter taking honor

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  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Dec. 11, 2017 12:47 p.m.

    From this BYU fan to Mr. Gay: Congratulations! I hope you have an awesome year next year and make every field goal and PAT you attempt, except when we play you!

    Congrats again!

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2017 10:43 a.m.

    @johninslc
    He knows tds hasn't hijacked every shade of that color for every application.

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    Sez the fan of the team who can't make up their minds on what their base color should be (grey? black? crimson red? sparkly/glittery red? white?) Typical ute hypocrisy.

    Better hope your equipment managers don't wash all the uniforms together or you'll end up with them all being a dingy dull pink color.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2017 10:37 a.m.

    Congrats to Matt for the award. He had a great season.

    Utah is rapidly becoming Kicker and Punter U! Having some kicking and punting trophies will help fill the empty spaces in their trophy case.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 9, 2017 8:37 p.m.

    @Christine B. Hedgefog - Salt Lake City, UT

    ... the true irony is that the little red engine that could wouldn't get near the opportunity to showcase a good kicking game if their offense wasn't so perenially inept.

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    The true "iorny" is of Sitke had allowed him to walk on at BYU, he still would not have won the award with the MOST "inept" offense in the nation.

    Congrats Matt on the award!

    Go UTES!

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 1:57 p.m.

    John in Cottonwood Heights and HK in Holladay - Ya, BYU sucks, and the inept red offense beat the worst team in the world by 6 points, one of 6 victories against not a single great team. Tell us something we don't already know. That isn't the point of this article, nor any of the comments.

    Neither of your "I know you are but what am I" comments changes the truthfulness of my comment about the perennial ineptness of the offense at the little red engine that could. and the irony of that being a major contributing factor to the crimson kicking game having so much opportunity to showcase it's talents year in and year out.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Dec. 8, 2017 4:30 p.m.

    Well deserved! Congrats!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 8, 2017 3:55 p.m.

    Utah's returning special teams for 2018:

    Matty Ice: 2017 Lou Groza Award winner
    Mitch Wishnowsky: 2016 Ray Guy Award winner
    Britain "Too Short" Covey: 2015 Freshman PR All-American

    And - Utah has a long-snapper "specialist" - a la Chase Dominguez - coming in (sorry Alex and Harrison, but Mat and Mitch were good this year in spite of you).

    "Special" teams indeed!

    Go Utes!!

  • niners Fayetteville, NC
    Dec. 8, 2017 3:30 p.m.

    @downunder
    “It is a little bit scary when your kicker is the best player on your team. Not sure what it says about the ability of the offense to score TD's”

    How is it scary to have the best kicker in the country your best player? (at their position, I assume you mean, as a kicker could never be the best overall football player on a team). When Nate Orchard got the Hendricks award for best D End in the nation, he was our best player, as a D End... How could you possibly prove to be better than a guy that was literally named the BEST in the nation at their position? Unless you win the Heisman, it’s not even possible.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 3:03 p.m.

    "the true irony is that the little red engine that could wouldn't get near the opportunity to showcase a good kicking game if their offense wasn't so perenially inept."

    Says the fan of a team whose offense was close to dead last in all of college football.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:21 p.m.

    It is a little bit scary when your kicker is the best player on your team. Not sure what it says about the ability of the offense to score TD's.

  • Utah rules Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 1:14 p.m.

    I would rather have seen TD's in the red zone but I guess a field goal is points. If our offense would have been better we probably would not be .500 and would not have needed Gay to be a hero.

    Either way congrats to Gay for a great season.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 12:47 p.m.

    "if their offense wasn't so perenially inept."

    hedgehog:

    Not so inept that, when we play your team, we have any trouble scoring more points than your (choose one): a) "go fast go hard" offense, or b) "new sheriff-Ty 'Freaking' Detmer" offense.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 11:58 a.m.

    No question, the little red engine that could has become a great place for good kickers (both punters and field goal kickers) to flourish.

    While others have to keep pointing out the 'irony' of all readers of the DesNews who comment on articles from many schools around the area - the true irony is that the little red engine that could wouldn't get near the opportunity to showcase a good kicking game if their offense wasn't so perenially inept.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 9:47 a.m.

    Congrats Matt. Great job all year. Super Gay!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 9:21 a.m.

    Wow. This is great for Matt and Utah football. Utah seems to be getting all the best players from Utah county over the past several years (Gay, Covey, etc.)

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 8, 2017 9:21 a.m.

    @Riddles in the Dark Wrote:

    "LOL at the constant BYU obsession of johnny, even on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with BYU."

    Actually it does have something to do with BYU. Matt tried out for BYU first and they turned him down. They weren't even willing to give him a chance as a walk-on. And here he is accepting an award as the top place-kicker in the country. I must confess that I chuckled, chortled and generally guffawed at the irony of it all.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2017 9:15 a.m.

    Wallbanger

    "Says the Cougar "fan" ON a Utah article that does indeed have nothing to do with BYU!

    Says another Ute "fan" who HAD to talk about BYU,

    before mentioning Utah.

    Oh the irony!

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 8:52 a.m.

    Congrats Matt! You're a terrific kicker!

  • truenorth3 Draper, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 8:37 a.m.

    The "blue suit" is for Sitake and special teams coach Lamb at BYU who didn't think he was good enough to be a Cougar or more accurately wasn't one of "their guys" to make it in Provo. BYU's lost, Mat Gay and Utah's win! Congrats #33Utah Man you earned it!! Continued success. #culturematters

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    Riddles:

    “LOL at the constant BYU obsession of johnny, even on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with BYU.”

    Says the coug “fan” ON a Utah article that does indeed have nothing to do with byu!

    Oh the irony!

    Congrats Matt, can’t wait to see you do even better next year.

  • rfrmac South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    Great Job Matt, I was hoping you would get this award. I don't care what you wear, blue is my second favorite color too.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2017 8:02 a.m.

    Congrats Matt on a great individual honor! Utah has had some amazing kickers during the Whittingham era.

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    LOL at the constant BYU obsession of johnny, even on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with BYU.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 7:26 a.m.

    "What is with the blue suit and tie?"

    Close:

    He knows tds hasn't hijacked every shade of that color for every application.

  • MichiganUte90 Richland, MI
    Dec. 8, 2017 7:02 a.m.

    Hearty congratulations to Matt Gay, a truly fantastic story. However, more work needs to be done for next year. He missed 4 field goals all year. The area for improvement was Matt missed 3 of those 4 against 3 of the 4 toughest teams Utah played (Stanford - lost by 3, USC - lost by 1and Washington State - lost by 8).

    The field goal he missed in the USC is burnt in my memory. Why? I flew the Mrs. and me to LA from Michigan for the game. Deep in enemy (USC) territory, I was talking up Matt proclaiming him the best kicker in the country, then he missed the 34 yarder. It was likely because of that miss, Whittingham took a delay of game penalty later in the game to do a punt instead of having Matt attempt a 47 yarder. Making that 34 yarder, his only miss under 40 yards, would have had a dramatic effect on how that game ended.

    Matt Gay is very good, but he needs to be great to make it to the next level.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2017 3:40 a.m.

    Go Utah!

    The Utes have had incredible luck over the past decade or so in the kicker's they've been able to get. We used to think King Louie couldn't be excelled. But Matt Gay and Mitch Wishnowsky have clearly demonstrated the contrary.

    Congratulations to those two outstanding athletes, and to the University of Utah football program!

    I'm sure that there is or are some specialty coach or coaches that are unsung in this article and these awards. Big thanks, whoever you are, who have helped these young men optimize their talents!

  • Not Much of a Fan Irvine, CA
    Dec. 8, 2017 12:14 a.m.

    Close Talker:

    What's your point? You wanted him in a red suit?

  • Close Talker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 9:25 p.m.

    Congratulations Matt really proud of you! What is with the blue suit and tie?

  • GoRed Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 7:40 p.m.

    Congratulations to Gay! His is really an amazing story, starting as a walk-on and ending the season as the best kicker in the country. Well done!