Boston College's Nate Freese was named to this year's 2011 Lou Groza Award watch list, recognized as one of the 30 best college placekickers in the nation. PDF here.
Freese connected on 22-of-25 field goal attempts during his freshman season, tied with Florida State's Dustin Hopkins for the conference lead in field goals made. Freese also made 24-of-25 PATs.
Due to the an extremely offensively challenged Eagles squad, no kicker was more important to his team than Freese was last season. Freese's 90 points accounted for 37.5 percent of the Eagles total points in 2010, the highest percentage in the nation.
Freese joins fellow conference representatives Casey Barth (North Carolina), Dustin Hopkins (Florida State) and Will Synderwine (Duke) on this year's watch list. Only the Big 12 placed more kickers on the preseason watch list than the ACC.
The 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced on Friday, October 28 and the field will be paired down to three finalists on November 21. The Award is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
So use your #Freese4Groza Twitter hashtag liberally between now and October 28.