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Former Utah Utes kicker Matt Gay back in the NFL

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Matt Gay (9) watches his field goal go wide against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Tampa, Fla.

Jason Behnken, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — With the NFL season underway, many Utah football fans expressed their belief that former Ute kicker Matt Gay belongs in the league after being waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month.

Those fans, and certainly Gay himself, had that wish granted, as he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday to their practice squad.

A fifth-round pick in 2019 by the Buccaneers, Gay had a solid rookie season, making 27 of his 35 field goal attempts and 43 of his 48 extra point tries, but he was waived by Tampa Bay in favor of Ryan Succop.

The two kickers on the Colts’ roster now represent two of the last three to win the Lou Groza Award, given to the best player in college football at that position. Gay won it in 2017, and rookie Rodrigo Blankenship won it in 2019.

In a 27-20 Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blankenship made two of his three field goal tries — makes of 38 and 25 yards and a miss from 30 yards — and both of his extra point attempts.