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Nate Freese
K #3
Height:
5-11
Weight:
191
Age:
23
College:
Boston College
Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio
Experience:
R

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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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  • GETTING TO KNOW: Kicker Nate Freese

    Posted Jun 22, 2014

    You asked and they answered. Check out the results of our 2014 Getting to Know the Rookies survey starting with kicker Nate Freese.

  • NOTEBOOK: Freese and Hanson; Suh and OTA's and more

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted May 18, 2014

    Jason Hanson has helped out new Lions kicker Nate Freese this weekend and head coach Jim Caldwell expects Ndamukong Suh to participate in the OTA portion of the offseason training program this week.

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