Miami's Bosher talks awards, Bahamas and tackling

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Kickers are always quirky guys, and Miami's Matt Bosher -- a spearfishing fanatic -- is no exception. Miami fans will be pulling for him this season, but they've got to forgive him, first. Following this interview, I learned his longtime girlfriend goes to -- gasp -- Florida. We'll let that slide, for now. Here are the highlights of our chat on Wednesday:

You know I've officially pinned you as the Lou Groza Award winner already?

Matt Bosher: I just heard about that, yeah. I like to hear that. I'll see if I can make it come true.

No pressure, man, no pressure. What are your expectations for yourself this season because you did so well last year?

MB: I'd like to improve on certain things. I'd like to work on some consistency issues that I had last year in my punting and kickoff game. There definitely still are some places I can improve upon in field goals and [point after attempts]. I always want to get better.

Are there specific drills you do? What kind of things do you do to work on your mechanics?

MB: You kind of have to break it down piece by piece. You break down the field goal kicking into certain aspects -- the end part where you're just working on your plant foot and your follow-through, you shorten your approach, certain things like that -- just to work on where your hips need to be, where your head needs to be, where your foot needs to be, stuff like that.

ACC kickers lately have been very good, in the running for the Lou Groza Award, Sam Swank and Graham Gano. Are you aware it's kind of your turn?

MB: Well, I mean I hope so. I hope I can carry on the tradition of it. It seems like the ACC has been very good with kickers and punters too in the past few years. I'd like to make a name for myself in the ACC. If you can do that, you've shown you're up there throughout the country and in the other conferences. It's definitely a goal I'd like to work towards. I need to improve upon certain things before I get to that point, though, of course.

Is it something you've thought a lot about or talked a lot about, actually winning that award?

MB: Yeah, that's been a goal of mine since I was in high school. Kickers don't get Heisman trophies or all the other awards, but the one thing you need to strive for is that award you can get in your position. Other goals I have before that, of course. I just want to make my field goals and be consistent in my punts, do the best I can for my team in the situations that arise. But hopefully working toward the main goal of getting that award, that would be a dream come true.

Where are you from originally?

MB: Jupiter, Fla.

Was Miami a no-brainer for you, or did you look at a lot of other places?

MB: Miami, it was a dream come true. I've been a fan of Miami since I was a little kid. They were the first school to really talk to me and the first school to offer me. I can remember when Coach Coker called me. When I talked to him the next day after I received my offer, I knew right then and there it's where I wanted to be.

How has the experience compared to what you expected so far?

MB: To tell you the truth, I really didn't know what to expect coming here. It's crazy to come to a school like this even when it's so close to home coming out of high school. It's a hectic situation, it's something you have to get used to, and I'm glad I redshirted because it gave me a year to get used to the area, the people, and just the speed of the game. I can't complain. I love it down here. The University of Miami is a great place to be. There's such a great, long-lasting pedigree of people that have come through here and teams that have come through here that are just so great. Everybody wants to be associated with that. I know there's a lot of people around the country that talk bad about Miami or look at us as the underdogs, but I want to be part of a team that proves everybody wrong.

Good attitude. Do you think you can do it in those first four games?

MB: I've got the schedule in front of me right now. It looks tough, but it's college football. You never know what can happen. Being the underdog maybe, who knows, it could help us. Those are going to be four great games.

So what else do you do beside play football?

MB: Play golf, hang out with my family. I've got a girlfriend of a long time. Hang out with them, my close friends. I like to relax. Football is kind of hectic, so when I get a chance to get away, I like going to the Bahamas sometimes, spearfishing.


MB: Yeah, it's a lot of fun.

Wow, how did you get into that?

MB: One of my teammates, Alex Uribe, he got me into it. I fell in love with it instantly. It became something I love to do whenever I get a chance to do it.

That's cool. You guys are probably close to some good spearfishing down there.

MB: Oh yeah, hop on the boat and you're an hour and a half away from the Bahamas. You can go diving anytime you want.

Oh, that's awesome. You have your own boat?

MB: No, I wish I did. I've got to mooch off my friends.

Well, once you win the Lou Groza Award and get into the NFL you can buy your own.

MB: Let's hope so, that would be great.

The only other thing I wanted to ask you was eight tackles? Where does that come from? You want to be a linebacker?

MB: Not necessarily. I'll leave that to Colin McCarthy and Sean Spence.

Yeah, that's probably a good idea. They can handle it.

MB: I just feel like when you're on the field you've got to take care of what you've got to take care of. The game's always changing, so if you have to make a tackle, hope you're prepared for it and get in the way.