Scouting Report: Matt White, Punter/Kicker, Monmouth University

Gibsonia, PA | 6010 | 200 | 4.76E | 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

A multi-dimensional special teams standout who has played key roles for the Hawks as a punter, kicker and kickoff specialist. After measuring the average of 44 total punts, he averaged out to a 4.30-second hang time per punt. He does an exceptional job with his directional punting, kicking to the hashes and allowing the coverage unit to cut off half of the field. His punting motion is fundamentally sound, as he has a fluid, quick, two-step get off that is efficient, covering just two and a half yards. This has also helped improve his accuracy and hang time. He has incorporated Australian style of punting into his repertoire, something he learned in high school and aims to pin returners down inside the eight-yard line. He has improved his strength each season on kickoffs, where he has shown the ability to kick it out of the end zone. On kickoffs that are returned, he shows the ability to get excellent height underneath the ball and allow the coverage unit to get down field. He has also shown improved accuracy, connecting on 11-of-15 field goal attempts over the past two seasons—while he has had limited opportunities, he connected on both of his attempts beyond forty yards, including a career high of a 46-yard field goal in 2016. Was the designated deep man kicker and has hit comfortably from 50-yards consistently in practice, while connecting from as far as 60 yards out. One area that he continues to work on is sharpening his kicking mechanics; he can improve upon being more consistent with his footwork and uses a high first step with his left leg. He is scheduled to participate in the Husted Camp, January 20-23 and the Zauner Camp, February 23-25 in 2018. Growing up in Pennsylvania and playing collegiately in New Jersey, he has plenty of experience playing in bad weather climates, including snow, rain and wind. He earned Monmouth Special Teams MVP Award in 2017 and Co-Special Teams MVP in 2016—also a scholar athlete. His consistency, versatility and professional demeanor, combined with his triple-threat skill-set (Kicking, punting, field gals), should earn him a look at the next level.

ACCOLADES

PUNTING

  • 2017 – Four punts of 50+ yards; 16 inside the twenty; 20 fair catch; 73 long
  • 2016 – Six punts of 50+ yards; 15 inside the twenty; 12 fair catch; 61 long
  • 2015 – Nine punts of 50+; 12 inside the twenty; four fair catch; 68 long
  • Has punter for over 10,000 yards; only one blocked punt entire career

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

2017 (Sr.): Named Special Teams Team MVP, appearing in 11 games at placekicker, kickoff specialist … Made 3-of-4 field goals (75%) and went 12-for-14 on extra points … scored 21 points, which ranked sixth on the team … Punted 52 times for 2,080 yards (40.0 avg) … Kicked off 69 times for 4,072 yards (59.0 avg) with 24 touchbacks.

2016 (Jr.): Appeared in all 11 games at placekicker, kickoff specialist and punter … Made 8-of-11 field goals (72.7%) and went 26-for-29 on extra points … Scored 50 points, which ranked second on the team … Made a career-long 46-yard field goal in the win at Lehigh (9/3) … Preseason All-Big South selection at placekicker … Punted 44 times for 1,705 yards (38.8 avg) with 15 downed inside the 20-yard line … Punted six times for 50+ yards … Kicked off 46 times for 2,657 yards (57.8 avg) with 15 touchbacks.

2015 (So.): Appeared in all 11 games, serving as the team’s primary place kicker and punter … Was near perfect in PATs with 26 of 27 … Finished second best punting average in the Big South at 40.0, .03 behind first … Earned Stats Inc National Special Teams Player of the Week and Big South POW after hitting the game-winning field goal against No. 22 Liberty … Registered the longest punt in the conference with a 68-yard punt at Fordham (9-26) … Converted 8 of 14 field goals on the season.

2014 (Fr.): Appeared in 2 games … Kicked both his first collegiate PAT and kickoff against Lehigh (9/27) … Finished the season 3-3 on PAT’s. 

High School: Punted and kicked for Coach Scott Heinaver at Mars Area High School … Helped lead the Fightin’ Planets to back to back section titles and 9-2 records as a junior and senior … Set seven school records as a senior, including punting average (39.1), longest punt (61), single-season PATs (53), scoring (kicker) with 62 points … Ranked as the fourth best punter by ProKicker.com and the second best combo kicker … Named ProKicker.com All-American Second Team Punter and Second Team Punter/Kicker combo … Had a school record 36 touchbacks on kickoffs … Had 53 total points as a junior … Also was an all-conference soccer player for Mars Area.

Personal: Son of Christopher and Jerilyn White … Father and sister, Jordyn both played soccer in college … Plans to major in accounting.

CAREER STATS

Punting

Year Team G Punts Yds Avg
2015 Monm 11 55 2189 39.8
2016 Monm 11 44 1705 38.8
2017 Monm 12 52 2080 40.0
Career 36 151 5974 39.6
Kicking
Year Team G FGM FGA Pct XPM XPA Pct Pts
2014 Monm 2 0 0 3 3 100.0 3
2015 Monm 11 8 14 57.1 26 27 96.3 50
2016 Monm 11 8 11 72.7 26 29 89.7 50
2017 Monm 12 3 4 75.0 12 14 85.7 21
Career 36 19 29 65.5 67 73 91.8 124

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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