Matt Prater (born August 10, 1984, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio) is an American football placekicker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at the University of Central Florida, where he majored in psychology.
Prater attended Estero High School in Estero, Florida. During his tenure, he converted 56-of-58 extra point attempts and also booted 14 field goals, including one of 49 yards. Prater put 84 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks. He was named second-team All-State, first-team All-Conference and All-Southwest Florida. He was also selected to the second-team "Dream Team." Prater graduated from Estero High School in 2002. Prater transferred to Estero High school his sophomore year from Cypress Lake High School.
Prater became the starting kicker at University of Central Florida immediately upon his arrival, and ended up earning Sporting News All-Freshman honors. On the year, he converted 14-of-21 field goal attempts and 44-of-47 extra point attempts. He also had a team-high 86 points. Prater recorded a season-high and Mid-American Conference-best 53-yard field goal against Penn State - one of three field goals on the day. He also tied a school record with four field goals against Kent State.