Chase Greer McGrath
|USC Trojans – No. 40|
|High school||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)|
|Born:||September 13, 1998|
Newport Beach, California
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
Chase Greer McGrath (born September 13, 1998) is an American football placekicker for the USC Trojans.
McGrath attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. As a senior in high school, he hit 90-of-93 PATs and 3-of-5 field goals (with a 51-yarder), and had 84 touchbacks on 106 kickoffs, in 2016. As a junior in 2015, he hit all 62 of his PAT attempts and 10-of-13 field goals, and had 51 touchbacks on 85 kickoffs. McGrath was a five-star kicking recruit and committed to USC as a walk-on.
McGrath was notable for earning the starting position his freshman year as a true freshman walk-on. He hit the first 2 field goals of his career in highlight fashion against Texas, the first a 31-yarder with no time remaining to send the game into overtime and the second the game winner from 43 yards in the second overtime. McGrath handled USC’s placekicking duties as a walk-on first-year freshman in 2017. He also kicked off in 10 games (all but Western Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, UCLA). Overall in 2017 while appearing in all 14 games, he was 12-of-17 on field goals and 58-of-59 on PATs. He also made a tackle (against Texas) and recovered a fumble (against Oregon State). He made 8 consecutive field goals after missing his first career kick (against Texas). Of his 57 kickoffs in 2017, 20 were touchbacks and 11 pinned opponents within the 20-yard line. He was hampered the second half of the season with a strained groin. At the end of the 2017 season, he won USC’s Joe Collins Walk-on Award and was awarded a full ride scholarship.
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