Brownwood High graduate Matt McCrane is expected to make his debut in an NFL regular season game on Sunday when the Oakland Raiders host the Cleveland Browns. Kickoff is slated for 3:05 p.m.
McCrane on Tuesday signed with the Raiders to fill in for veteran kicker Mike Nugent, who suffered a hip injury this past Sunday in Oakland’s 28-20 loss at the Miami Dolphins.
McCrane spent the preseason with the Arizona Cardinals, where he connected on all four of his field goal attempts including two from beyond 50 yards. Still, the Cardinals opted to stick with veteran kicker Phil Dawson.
In four seasons at Kansas State, McCrane made 57 of 66 field goals and 133 of 134 extra points. He was a three-time All-Big 12 performer, becoming the first kicker in school history with three all-conference honors. He is the school’s all-time leader in career field goals made (57), field goal percentage (88.4), consecutive made field goals (16) and extra point percentage (99.3) while tying the Kansas State record for career 50-yard field goals (5). McCrane’s field goal percentage ranked second in Big 12 history and sixth in NCAA history. His 304 career points rank third in school history and second among kickers and he finished his career by making a school-record 105 consecutive extra points.
McCrane beat out Giorgio Tavecchio, the Raiders’ kicker in 2017, among others for the current roster spot.
Oakland is 0-3 thus far in 2018 in Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines as head coach.