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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Draft Preview: Chris Boswell

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Rice's Chris Boswell. He ranks in the top three in the majority of the various draft rankings, and is number one in quite a few.

Excerpts from Boswell's profile page on the Owls' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl
  • Three-time C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Drilled a 50-yd FG at NMSU, his 13th career kick of better than 50 yards vs. Kansas... No other active kicker has more than five from that range
  • 56-yarder to retake the lead vs. Kansas was his third from 55 yards or longer
  • Has at least one FG from 50 yards or more in each season
  • Held opponents to starting at their 24 after his kickoffs, thanks to 54 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs
2012 Junior Season
  • Lead the nation with six field goals from 50 yards or more and was 6x8 from that distance
  • Tied the NCAA record vs. SMU becoming the sixth kicker in history to hit three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a game...Three long kicks were part of a school-record five on the day
  • Had kicks from 57 (vs. Louisiana Tech to tie the school record) and 56 (vs. SMU) this year, making him the first kicker in conference history to have two kicks from 55 yards or better in a season
  • Hit 9x12 field goals from 45 yards or longer
  • Held opponents to only 27 kickoff returns, thanks to 49 touchbacks on 80 kickoffs... Only saw one go out of bounds while averaging 63.8 yards per kick
  • Finished 10th in C-USA punting, averaging 40.5 on 14 punts with a of 53 vs. Houston...Top punting effort was vs. Tulsa where he placed four of six punts inside the 20
2011 Sophomore Season
  • Groza Award Semifinalist
  • First team All C-USA by, second team by Phil Steele and Honorable Mention selection by C-USA coaches
  • Only misses came from 60, 54, 45 and 38 (slipping on rain soaked field)
  • Averaged 63.1 yds on 59 kickoffs and doubled the Owls' touchbacks from 2010 (14)
  • Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. Tulane...Converted twice from more than 50 yards vs. the Green Wave, including a career-long, 54-yarder into the wind in the second quarter... averaged 69.8 on five kickoffs against Tulane and was honored by the College Football Performance Awards as one of their Kickoff Specialists of the Week
2010 Freshman Season
  • Took over the Owls placekicking duties after redshirting in 2009 and earned All Freshman honors from league coaches
  • Named one of the Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week for his performance against North Texas... Tied the school record by kicking four field goals in the Owls' 32-31 win over North Texas... Tied the mark first set by Joel Baxter vs. TCU in 1981 and matched by Matt Huelsman, also against TCU, in 1994... First field goal was a 50-yarder, the longest field goal for the Owls since Luke Juist kicked a 53-yarder in 2004... Added a second 50-yard kick in the first quarter, becoming the first Rice kicker to have two field goals of 50-yards or more in the same game
High School
  • Fifth-ranked kicker by
  • four-time, All-District 5-5A at Keller Fossil Ridge
  • converted on 39 of 43 field goals in his career and was perfect on 172 career PAT attempts
  • named to the Associated Press All-State first team and to the Texas Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State second team as a senior
  • selected to play in the 2009 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio
  • selected to play in the THSCA All Star Game in Austin in July
  • played baseball and soccer at Fossil Ridge

College Stats:
2013: 14 of 21 (66.7%) FGs; 47 of 49 PATs; 89 points
2012: 23 of 29 (79.3%) FGs; 45 of 47 PATs; 114 points
2011: 17 of 21 (81.0%) FGs; 31 of 32 PATs; 82 points
2010: 11 of 17 (64.7%) FGs; 41 of 44 PATs; 74 points

Last month, amidst the hoopla regarding extra points in the NFL, Boswell provided his thoughts on pro kicking compared to college:
"That's probably the biggest reason the NFL is so good. You go from college, where you're kind of on your own, to in the NFL, you have a specific coach that helps you with kicking. When you get to the NFL, you can only get better, and improve. And how seriously they take trying to make one third of the game harder is definitely a compliment."

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