“Oh, yeah, I definitely remember all that stuff,” Prater said.
He doesn’t miss them anymore. The Broncos beat Tennessee, 26-20 on Sunday in large part because Prater was 4-for-4 in field goals.
His distances: 36, 36, 35 and 36 yards. For the year, Prater is a perfect 8-for-8 on his field-goal attempts — 5-for-5 in the 30-39 range.
“Field goals went all right, but kickoffs were an issue,” Prater said. “I’m not happy with the way I kicked off.”
On the final kickoff, Prater didn’t hit the ball well, and it floated into the wind. Titans returner Marc Mariani, who for a while was the game’s hero with a 98-yard kickoff return, muffed the quirky boot, and the Broncos’ Cassius Vaughn recovered to all but clinch the victory.
“Sometimes better lucky than good,” Prater said. In his first two seasons, Prater missed four field goals from inside the 40. He’s still a young kicker, in just his third season. But now he’s not only made all his field goals, they pretty much all split the uprights down the middle.
Source: DenverPost.com, Kicker Matt Prater’s dead-on day boosts Broncos over Titans, by Mike Klis, The Denver Post. Posted: 10/03/2010 04:48:11 PM MDT; Updated: 10/03/2010 11:51:00 PM MDT
[UCF Today: Matt Prater majored in psychology at UCF where he played from 2002-2005.]