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Friday, March 14, 2014

Draft Preview: Nate Freese

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Boston College's Nate Freese. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Freese's profile page on the Eagles' website [LINK]:

2013 Senior Season
  • ranks first on the school's career scoring list (317 points)
  • named to the AT&T ESPN All-American first team and the Football Writers' Association of America All-American second team
  • earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and second-team honors from the ACC Coaches
  • one of only two kickers in the FBS with a perfect field goal percentage and more than 10 field goals attempted
  • one of just seven kickers in the FBS to handle kickoffs, punts and place kicking
  • averaged 42 yards per punt and downed 20 punts inside the opponents' 20 ... kicked a career-long 67-yard punt against NC State
  • tied his career best with a 52-yard field goal as time expired to lift BC to a 29-26 win over Maryland (Nov. 23)
2012 Junior Season
  • recorded 17 touchbacks over 52 kickoffs
  • attempted six punts; pinning five inside the 20 
  • a perfect 16-for-16 on field goals under 40-yards
2011 Sophomore Season
  • was successful on 5-of-7 field goal attempts from 40 or more yards
  • recorded a season-long 52-yard field goal in the team's 27-19 home loss to Wake Forest (Oct. 1); connected on all four field goal attempts (32, 36, 45, 52) against the Demon Deacons 
2010 Freshman Season
  • earned Freshman All-America honors
  • became the first BC kicker to hit four field goals in two different games in the same season; did so at Florida State (Oct. 16) and against Kent State (Sept. 11) 
High School
  • Earned Associated Press All-Ohio Division I first-team honors as a senior kicker at Strongsville
  • also served as the team's punter
  • earned the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities 2008 High School Special Teams Players Award
  • was a two-time All-Conference selection
  • converted 10-of-14 field-goal attempts in his senior season; also converted all 49 extra-point tries...his career long field goal was 53 yards
  • more than 80 percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks
  • selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic (June 20, 2009 in Hersheypark (PA) Stadium).

College Stats:
2013: 20 of 20 (100%) FGs; 40 of 41 PATs; 100 points
2012: 18 of 20 (90.0%) FGs; 24 of 24 PATs; 78 points
2011: 10 of 16 (62.5%) FGs; 26 of 27 PATs; 56 points
2010: 22 of 25 (88.0%) FGs; 24 of 25 PATs; 90 points

Freese discussed his game winner against Maryland last November:
“Yeah, it was my first game-winner. I never had one in high school, either. Yeah, it was the first ever....

“I look at it as it being just as important a kick in the first quarter as it is at the end of the game. I kind of approach them all the same way. I just try to stay calm in that situation. I tried not to make it bigger than what it was. Obviously, I realized what time in the game it was, and stuff like that, but I was just trying to stay as calm as I could.’’

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