Wil Lutz

For the linguist, see William D. Lutz.
Wil Lutz
No. 3New Orleans Saints
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-07-07) July 7, 1994
Place of birth: Newnan, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Newnan (GA) Northgate
College: Georgia State
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Field goals made: 16
Field goals attempted: 22
Field goal %: 72.7
Longest field goal: 57
Player stats at NFL.com

Wil Lutz (born July 7, 1994) is an American football placekicker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia State.

College career

Lutz was the kickoff specialist during the 2012 season and became the placekicker after four games. At the end of the 2012 season, Lutz made 4-of-7 (57%) field goals and was a perfect 18-for-18 on extra points.[1] Lutz attempted his first field goal against William & Mary.[2] Lutz kicked a season-long 40-yard field goal against Rhode Island.[3]

At the end of the 2013 season, Lutz made 8-of-12 (67%) field goals and 25-of-26 (96%) PAT for 49 points.[1] Lutz kicked a school record 53-yard field goal against Alabama.[4]

Lutz was named the punter as well midway through the 2014 season. Phil Steele named Lutz to the Midseason All-Sun Belt first team. Lutz finished the 2014 season kicking 7-for-8 (88%) on field goals and 35-for-35 on extra points.[1] Lutz averaged 39.0 yards on 16 punts.[5] Lutz kicked a 26-yard game-winning field goal with 4 seconds left to lift GSU to a 38–37 victory over Abilene Christian in the 2014 season-opener.[6]

Lutz was the punter and the placekicker for the 2015 season. Lutz averaged 44.3 yards on 65 punts, the second-best season average in school history.[7] Lutz ended the 2015 season kicking 12-for-19 (63%) on field goals and 42–43 (98%) on extra points for 78 total points.[1] Lutz scored a career-high 11 points with two field goals and five PATs against Texas State.[8]

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

On May 5, 2016, Lutz signed with the Baltimore Ravens after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[9] He was waived on August 30, 2016.

New Orleans Saints

On September 5, 2016, Lutz signed with the Saints.[10] On October 16, 2016, Lutz kicked a game-winning 52-yard field goal to defeat the Carolina Panthers 41-38.[11]

Lutz earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 6 and Week 8 of the 2016 Season. The only other Saints rookies to win the honor twice in a season were punter Thomas Morstead and returner Reggie Bush.


  1. 1 2 3 4 Sports, Fox. "Wil Lutz Stats – Season & Career Statistics". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  2. "Georgia State vs. William & Mary – Game Recap – September 29, 2012 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  3. "Georgia State vs. Rhode Island – Box Score – October 13, 2012 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  4. "Georgia State vs. Alabama – Box Score – October 5, 2013 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  5. "2014 Georgia State Panthers". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  6. Georgia State Athletics (2014-08-27), Georgia State Football: Lutz's game winning kick vs. Abilene Christian, retrieved 2016-05-22
  7. "2015 Georgia State Panthers". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  8. "Georgia State vs. Texas State – Box Score – November 14, 2015 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  9. "Ravens Sign 11 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents". www.baltimoreravens.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  10. Joel Erickson, "Saints choose rookie kicker Wil Lutz over Kai Forbath", New Orleans Advocate, September 6, 2016.
  11. "Wil Lutz hits 52-yard go-ahead field goal with 11 seconds left in the game". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
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