On Monday, the Detroit Lions announced the release of former Boston College Eagles kicker Nate Freese.
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Freese, the leading scorer in Boston College Eagles football history, was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft in May. He made the team out of training camp and got his shot as the Lions’ kicker.
When he got to the regular season, however, things unraveled quickly. Nate Freese went only three-for-seven on field goal attempts, though he did made all of his extra point attempts. The kicker who was consistently one of the most accurate in our school’s history did not see his Detroit Lions career turn out the same way.
Freese’s season-long for Detroit was a 30-yard kick; all four of his misses were from 40 yards away or more. He missed at least one field goal attempt in all three of the Lions’ games in which he played.
As long as the Lions are no longer utilizing his services, Boston College will gladly take him back. Two missed extra points and three missed field goals already has the Eagles longing for Nate Freese’s erstwhile accuracy again. All the school has to do is figure out how to get around that whole no-more-eligibility thing and we’re in the clear.