Overview
Matt Fodge is a free agent punter formerly with the Dallas Cowboys. Fodge was the winner of the 2008 Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate punter. After exhausting his eligibility at Oklahoma State, Fodge was eligible to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted.
Prep Career
Matt Fodge attended Garland High School in Garland, TX, where he handled kicking and punting duties. He connected on 10 of 12 field goal attempts as a senior, with his longest make coming from 52 yards. Fodge ended his high school career having made 79 percent of his field goals. Fodge averaged 42.0 yards per punt as a senior, and was an all-district kicker and punter.
Freshman Year
Fodge won the starting punter job as a true freshman and did not relinquish the role during his time in Stillwater.
Sophomore Year
Fodge recorded his best year statistically as a sophomore, averaging 44.9 yards per punt on 59 attempts. Fodge's punting average ranked eighth-best nationally, and was the second-highest average ever recorded by a Cowboy punter in a single season. Fodge also had three punts for 70 yards or longer in 2006, and was named second-team All-Big 12 for his efforts.
Junior Year
Fodge continued his consistent output as a junior, punting for an average of 42.4 yards, fourth-best in his conference.
Senior Year
With Oklahoma State's high-powered offense averaging 40.8 points per game in 2008, Fodge punted only 36 times on the season. However, those punts went for an average of 42.9 yards, and 55 percent of his punts were downed within his opponents' 20-yard line. During Fodge's senior year, Oklahoma State's net punt average of 39.1 yards per game was sixth-best in the country. Fodge was again named second-team All-Big 12 at the conclusion of the season. In December 2008, Fodge became the first Cowboy to be awarded the Ray Guy Award. He beat out fellow finalists Louie Sakoda of the University of Utah and Pat McAfee of West Virginia.
NFL Career
Fodge was eligible to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys, but was released after a June mini-camp.
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