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Snubbed by UT, Reagan anxious to face Vols as a Memphis kicker


Confident he’ll be able to replace Memphis’ departed senior kicker from 2005, Bearden High School All-state placekicker Matt Reagan is already anxious for Sept. 30 to roll around.

"I'm excited to play Tennessee, because I've grown up watching ’em and going to some of the games, and to think I'll actually be on the sidelines playing — I can't wait,” said Reagan of the Vols-Tigers game Sept. 30 in Memphis moments after signing National Letter of Intent papers with the Tigers Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the BHS East Mall.

“I wasn't a diehard [UT] fan, I watched ’em; I mean, living in Knoxville you have to be a Tennessee fan to some extent,” the 18-year-old said. But I'm still gonna root for ’em when we're not playing ’em.” That's despite saying the Vols “didn't recruit me.”

With a career-long 46-yard field goal as a BHS junior, “I've got the leg to hit fifty-five,” he said.

“He has very good leg strength, and he does his specialty kicks very well,” said Gerald Robinson, soccer style place-kicking instructor at Ray Guy Kicking Academy who along with former Vol All-SEC kicker Jeff Hall have been Reagan's personal kicking coaches since his freshman year at BHS. “There's still some technique problems he needs to straighten out that occurred when he started kicking off the ground. But just give him time and he'll be fine.”

Named All-state, All-Region 1-5A, along with recognition as the top place-kicker in the East Tennessee region, Reagan said he narrowed his list to Memphis and Louisville.

“Matt a phenomenal kicker,” former BHS head football coach Paul Maynard said. “I was telling some people from the University of Memphis earlier this morning that its it's a luxury to have someone on a consistent basis that's able to go out and kick, punt, extra points, just the whole nine yards with it. And Matt did fantastic job this past season with the consistency part of it. He falls right in line with [UT punter] Britton Colquitt and [former Vol punter] Dustin Colquitt.”

 

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