Current Team: Indianapolis Colts
Matt Overton is on his third season with the Indianapolis Colts. Before joining the Colts,, Matt was with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and the Omaha Nighthawks in 2010-2011.
Matt began his College career at Diablo Valley College in 2003, where he played linebacker and defensive end as well as handled all the long snapping duties. During his freshman season, he was named team captain and voted special teams MVP after the season. Gaining recognition as a solid long snapper earned him several looks from colleges all over the country. After another standout season at DVC, Western Washington University offered Overton a scholarship as a defensive end and long snapper.
While at Western Washington, Matt earned a starting job quickly as the teams long snapper, defensive end and was names a team captain. In his two seasons at WWU, Matt was credited with 40 tackles, 5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and has 7 pass break ups. He was also perfect on all of his long snap attempts.
The NFL quickly recognized Matt as a pro prospect after WWU's All American kicker/punter, Michael Koenen, was signed by the Atlanta Falcons in 2004. Koenen's private NFL workouts on campus gave Matt some exposure to the NFL scouts. After his senior season, Matt participated in 3 pro day workouts and excelled in them all and posted one of the fastest 40 times amongst all draft eligible long snappers in the 2007 draft.
Overton entered into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2007 with the Seattle Seahawks. He did not make the team in 2007 and from there went and played in the Arena 2 Football League with the Tri Cities Fever in 2008 as a linebacker and also handled the snaps on field goals. Matt returned to Western Washington in late 2008 to finish his degree and to continue training. In 2009, Matt was at the right place at the right time and was signed by the Florida Tuksers in the UFL's first season. He handled all the snapping for the Tuskers in 2009 and helped the team reach the Championship game.
In early 2010, the Seattle Seahawks signed Matt and he participated in the off season program and entered his first NFL training camp. He was released during training camp and then found a home once again in the UFL but with the Omaha Nighthawks and played in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Shortly after his stint with the Nighthawks, Matt was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts and beat out the veteran snapper.
Matt brings a lot of experience, knowledge, passion and great work ethic to KCKicking. He has worked with some of the best long snappers, kickers, and punters in the NFL as well as top special teams coaches. The philosophy he brings to young long snappers is very unique and beneficial.