- Matt Williams (American football)
Matt Williams College Texas Tech Conference Big 12 Sport Football Position PK Class Sophomore Major Education Nickname Lynnwood Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight 160 lb (73 kg) Nationality USA
Matt Williams (born in Weatherford, Texas) is a former walk on place kicker for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. Williams was offered the position, two others having failed to succeed for the team at that point, after winning a year's worth of free rent in a place kicking contest at one of the Red Raiders games.
Williams attended Weatherford High School in Weatherford, Texas, where he played soccer and football. In football, he played both receiver and kicker. His signature moment as a kicker occurred when he kicked a 49-yard field goal through the uprights to defeat rival Mineral Wells High School in overtime. He graduated from Weatherford in 2006.
After two years at Tarleton State, Williams transferred to Texas Tech. During halftime of Tech's September 20, 2008 football game against Massachusetts, Williams entered a promotional contest in which he made a 30-yard field goal. He caught the attention of head coach Mike Leach, who liked the fundamentals he used on the kick. Leach wanted him on the team, and although it was initially thought he would not be immediately eligible, the NCAA granted a one-time exception based on the specific circumstances. He was allowed to play immediately as he had not been recruited by Tarleton State and also because he was never a scholarship player. However, the season he played on Tarleton State's squad counted toward his eligibility, making him a sophomore during his first year at Tech. He also had to reject the free rent he won in the contest in order to remain eligible.
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