« Top 60 Countdown: No. 10, OL Orlando Franklin | Main | Top 60 Countdown: No. 8, DT Allen Bailey »

Top 60 Countdown: No. 9, K Matt Bosher

How do you let a kicker sneak into the Top 10 list of a football countdown at a school like the University of Miami? You don't. He has to kick the door down and earn it by taking the Team MVP honors from the year before. Matt Bosher, who became UM's second kicker to earn the honor (Carlos Huerta, 1991 was the other), wouldn't have made my Top 10 if not for the trophy he won at the end of last season. But how could you argue against it with what he did on the field for a 7-6 team? He just wasn't going to crack the Elite Eight. Sorry, Matt.

Matt Bosher > What we heard about him on Signing Day '06: As a senior at Jupiter High, Bosher developed into one of the nation's top high school kickers. He converted 7 of 10 field goals with a long of 52 yards and drilled 70 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks while averaging 46.5 yards a punt. He was selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl and the US Army All-American Game. Scout.com tabbed him the No. 1 kicker in the country. ESPN had him third and Rivals.com sixth. He picked UM over the Gators.

> What he's done as a Cane: Steal the spotlight on special teams. After red-shirting as a true freshman in 2006, Bosher handled the punting and kicking duties. He averaged 40.2 yards a punt and had a 75-yarder at Virginia Tech (the fourth longest in school history). Last year, he elevated his game and earned All-ACC Second Team honors after handling all three duties for UM. He made 18-of-20 field goal attempts (his misses were from 40-plus) and averaged 40.3 yards a punt. But who could forget his biggest highlight? Bringing down a Gators return man with a vicious hit in the swamp. He also picked up a first down on a 9-yard run on a fake punt against FSU. He took this spring off to rest his leg.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Truth be told, there isn't a player on UM's roster with a better chance of nabbing a national award this year than Bosher, who is one of the nation's top candidates for the Lou Groza Award. Would a kicker ordinarily be in the Top 10 of a UM player countdown? Not in the good old days. But these aren't the good old days and Bosher is no ordinary kicker. While Hurricanes coaches would like to see redshirt freshman Jake Wieclaw take a step forward in development and handle at least one of Bosher's three kicking responsibilities, chances are it probably won't happen. I expect Bosher to handle all three -- with perhaps an opportunity or two for Wieclaw.