A message to NFL teams: If your offense can get across the 50-yard line, you're officially inside Zach Matics' range.
The former Appalachian State kicker and 2016 NFL Draft prospect showed off his booming leg at the Mountaineers' recent Pro Day, nailing a 65-yard field goal:
App State K Zach Matics nails a 65-yarder pic.twitter.com/kkgfs6IQhj
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 31, 2016
From the side angle, you can see that Matics actually made the kick with distance to spare:
Zach Matics from 65 yards pic.twitter.com/Kr3juUXLCj
— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantWSJ) March 31, 2016
For what it's worth, Matt Prater's 64-yard field goal in 2013 currently stands as the longest field goal in NFL history.
Matics is an interesting prospect. He struggled during his junior season at Appalachian State, making just one field goal in five attempts. However, he went on to show great improvement in his senior season, nailing 14 field goals in 17 attempts and making all 61 of his attempted extra points. He was 3 for 4 on field goal attempts from 50 yards or longer.
When Matics attended the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl back in January, pro scouts told him he would benefit from putting on some extra muscle. Since then, Matics has trained hard and followed a diet heavy in chicken, rice and protein shakes. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, he now weighs over 200 pounds (up from 190 in January). There's little doubt the extra bulk helped Matics improve his kicking power and convert that monstrous 65-yard field goal.
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