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Nate Freese
K #3
Height:
5-11
Weight:
191
Age:
24
College:
Boston College
Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio
Experience:
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Biography

Freese takes over the Lions kicking duties in 2014 after a stellar career at Boston College. The Lions’ seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, he becomes the first Lions kicker to be drafted by the team since K Jason Hanson (1992), and will compete with P Sam Martin for kickoff duties this season.

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  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

PRO
Freese takes over the Lions kicking duties in 2014 after a stellar career at Boston College. The Lions’ seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, he becomes the first Lions kicker to be drafted by the team since K Jason Hanson (1992), and will compete with P Sam Martin for kickoff duties this season.

COLLEGE
Connected on 70-of-81 field goal attempts in 50 career games as one of the most accurate placekickers in Boston College history. Finished his collegiate career with an 86.4-percent conversion percentage as the school’s record holder for field goals and points (324).

  • Matched the school record for field goals in a game three times (four) – Vs. Wake Forest (10/1/11), Kent State (9/11/10) and at Florida State (10/16/10).

2013: Earned ESPN All-America First Team honors as a senior and kicked his way to a perfect 20-for-20 mark in field goal attempts in his final season of college football. Also captured Football Writers’ Association of America All-American Second Team recognition and earned Second Team All-ACC honors from the conference’s coaches. Was one of only two FBS kickers to finish the season having connected on 100-percent of field goals (with more than 10 attempts).

  • Converted on six field goals of 40 yards or more, including two from 50 yards or more, matching a career-long with a 52-yard field goal as time expired to seal the Eagles’ win at Maryland (11/23).
  • Was near perfect on extra point attempts, connecting on 40-of-41 PATs, and also handled punting and kickoff responsibilities. Was one of just seven kickers in the FBS to handle all three duties.
  • Averaged 41.7 yards per punt, downing 22 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

2012: Finished his junior season by hitting 18-of-20 field goal attempts (90.0-percent), which ranked sixth in the nation. Played in all 12 games and was perfect on PAT attempts (24-for-24), while also recording 17 touchbacks on 52 kickoffs. As a punter, recorded six punts, five of which landed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

  • Was a perfect 16-for-16 on field goal attempts under 40 yards.

2011: As a sophomore, ended the season 10-of-16 on field goal attempts and 26-of-27 on extra points.

  • Booted a season-long 52-yard field goal vs. Wake Forest.

2010: Earned Freshman All-America honors from collegefootballnews.com after playing in all 13 games as a freshman, going 21-for-25 on field goal attempts and 23-of-24 on extra points. Became the first Boston College kicker to hit four field goals in two different games in the same season (vs. Kent State 9/11; at Florida State 10/16).

PERSONAL
An Associated Press All-Ohio Division I First Team honoree as a senior at Strongsville (Ohio) High School, converted 10-of-14 field goal attempts as a senior, as well as all 49 of his extra point attempts. Also gained Associate Press all-district accolades and earned the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities 2008 High School Special Teams Player Award.

  • Led the Mustangs to an 11-2 record and the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title in 2008 under head coach Russ Jacques.
  • Selected as a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete by the organization’s Northeast Ohio chapter.
  • Career-long field goal at Strongsville was 53 yards.
  • Son of Carla and Jeff Freese.

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