42  Matt Dodge
Matt Dodge

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Morehead City

Last College:
Appalachian State

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
Punter/Placekicker

Experience:
2L


Poised to take honors candidacy to another level after earning national attention during junior season, which included honorable mention All-America recognition by one media entity ... Quickly took control of ECU's punting duties as a sophomore and responded with consecutive solid campaigns during his first two years in the Pirate program after transferring from FCS National Champion Appalachian State ... Will be East Carolina's top punter in '09 and will again look to polish consistency efforts ... Rates as one of the top athletes in the program ... Included as one of the 2009 Preseason Punting Trophy Favorites by College Football Performance Awards ... Also a Preseason First-Team All-Conference USA choice by Phil Steele Magazine and honorable mention national member of the Consensus Draft Service 2009 All-Underappreciated Team ... Averaged 40.5 yards per punt (4) and converted a 49-yard field goal during the Purple-Gold Spring Game.

2008: Averaged 43.9 yards per punt in 2008, which ranked No. 14 nationally and second among all Conference USA punters ... Dropped a total of 20 kicks inside the opponent 20-yard line and averaged over 45 yards per punt in six games (46.5 vs. Tulane, 48.5 vs. Houston, 47.0 vs. UCF, 47.2 vs. Southern Miss, 45.3 vs. UAB and 47.8 vs. Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl) ... Also logged a total of 13 touchbacks while eight punts were fielded by a fair catch ... Recorded 70-yard or longer punts against N.C. State (70) and Tulsa (73, which ranked as the seventh-longest in school history), while adding a 68-yarder against Kentucky ... Tallied 25 punts 50 yards or longer ... Had a season-high four boots land inside the 20-yard line during a six-punt effort at N.C. State ... Five of 15 post-season punts rested inside the 20-yard line (vs. Tulsa, Kentucky) ... Turned in a season-high, single-game average of 48.5 yards per punt (8-388) against Houston ... An honorable mention All-America choice by SI.com ... A third-team All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele Magazine ... Averaged 44.7 yards per punt in eight league games with 15 of 38 boots traveling 50 yards or more ... Average of 43.9 stood fifth on ECU's single-season list (currently ranks fourth on the Pirates' career charts with a 42.6 clip) ... Established new C-USA Championship Game records in total punts (7), longest punt (73), yards (296) and punting average (42.3) ... Also handled all kickoffs, averaging 59.6 yards in 71 kicks (four touchbacks) ... Set a new career high with 11 kickoffs for a career-best 646 yards (58.7 avg.) vs. UTEP before booking season-bests in touchbacks (three) and kickoff average (67.8) vs. Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game ... Recipient of the special teams unit Blackbeard Award (great plays).

2007: Officially joined the Pirate program in January, 2007 ... Punted 80 times for 3,307 yards ... Second Pirate in school history to record 80 or more punts in a single-season ... On C-USA charts, ranked fifth in punting average (41.3) ... Named special teams captain against UCF ... Booted a career-high nine balls for a season-high 396 yards in Pirate debut at Virginia Tech ... Had a 60-yard punt in the second quarter vs. Hokies ... Averaged 46.7 per punt in seven attempts at West Virginia ... Four-of-seven punts went for 50-or more yards (51, 54, 54 and 61) against Mountaineers ... Matched career-best with nine punts at Houston, placing five inside the 20-yard line ... Punted four times for 195 yards, which netted a career-best average of 48.8 ypp vs. UTEP at the Sun Bowl ... Set a season-best with a 67-yarder in the first quarter against Miners ... Recorded nine yards on a rush vs. N.C. State (fake punt) ... Punted seven times for 302 yards (43.1 avg.) against Boise State at Aloha Stadium ... Boomed a 61-yarder in the second quarter, which ranked as the second-longest punt in Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl history ... Also rushed once for five yards (fake punt in the fourth quarter that resulted in a first down) against Broncos.

2006: Attended ECU but was not a member of the football program.

2005: Saw action in all 12 games at Appalachian State as a freshman ... Had 41 punts for 1,626 yards (39.7 avg) ... Career-game came against Northern Iowa (12/16) in the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship Game, logging seven punts for 293 yards while placing three inside the 20-yard line ... Booted a career-best 55-yarder twice (11/26 vs. Lafayette and 12/16 vs. Northern Iowa) ... Had three games with six or more punts and 229 or more yards ... Set a career-high with seven punts on two occasions (11/5 vs. LSU and 12/16 vs. Northern Iowa) ... Placed five punts inside the 20 with two touchbacks.

High School: Two-time all-state kicker at West Carteret HS ... Earned three letters for head coach Greggory Watford and John Grady ... Participant in the 2004 N.C./S.C. Shrine Bowl and N.C. East/West All-Star Game ... Received academic achievement honors as a junior and senior ... Named Class President as a freshman and senior.

Personal: Full name is Matthew Dean Dodge ... Born May 30, 1987 at Morehead City, N.C. ... Major is construction management.