2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Kickers

Posted Aug 9, 2013

CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - Kickers

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects.

2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings  
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1. Cairo Santos, Sr. Tulane
Santos achieved something in 2012 that placekickers can only dream about ... perfection. He became just the second player in FBS history to attempt at least 20 field goals without a miss. The reigning Lou Groza Award winner was 21-of-21, including a school-record 57-yarder, and ranked No. 4 in the country at just over 64 yards per kickoff. On a Tulane offense that could sputter in the red zone, Santos will again be a critical cog in the machine.

2. Chandler Catanzaro, Jr. Clemson
Catanzaro has been named All-ACC in consecutive years. The one-time walk-on has been a clutch performer for the program, hitting 40-of-46 field goals over the past two years, including 18-of-19 a year ago. He led the team in scoring with 111 points, and currently is the holder of 10 school records.

3. Austin Lopez, Soph. San Jose State
Lopez was supposed to be fine, but he was more than fantastic nailing all 17 of his field goal attempts. He might not have a monster leg, Harrison Ward handles the kickoffs, but he connected on all three of his attempts from beyond 40 yards, topping out with a 45-yarder against Louisiana Tech. Nine of his field goals came from under 30 yards, but again, he didn't miss.

4. Nate Freese, Sr. Boston College
In Freese, the Eagles welcome the return of one of the ACC's top kickers for his final year of eligibility. He bounced back in a big way from a sketchy sophomore season, nailing 18-of-20 field goal attempts. Freese has made 82% of his career tries.

5. Jeff Budzien, Sr. Northwestern
While he didn't blast away on too many deep shots, Budzein was one of the nation's top kickers nailing 19-of-20 kicks with the lone miss coming from 53 yards out against Nebraska. A savior in the strange win over Boston College, he connected on all five of his field goal attempts and he hit three in the 23-20 win over Michigan State. No, he doesn't have a cannon, but he can connect from around 45 yards.

6. Chris Boswell, Sr. Rice
7. Ross Martin, Soph. Duke
8. Michael Hunnicutt, Jr. Oklahoma
9. Trevor Romaine, Jr. Oregon State
10. Carey Spear, Sr. Vanderbilt
11. Jeremiah Detmer, Jr. Toledo
12. Mike Meyer, Sr. Iowa
13. Kyle Brindza, Jr. Notre Dame
14. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Soph. UCLA
15. John Wallace, Soph. Louisville
16. Kaleb Patterson, Soph. Miami Univ.
17. Tony Miliano Jr. Cincinnati
18. Nolan Kohorst, Sr. UNLV
19. Will Scott, Sr. Troy
20. Ty Long, Jr. UAB
21. Brian Davis, Sr. Arkansas State
22. Andrew Furney, Sr. Washington State
23. Ryan Bustin, Jr. Texas Tech
24. Cody Parkey, Sr. Auburn
25. Quentin Breshears, Soph. Fresno State
26. Cade Foster, Sr. Alabama
27. Mitch Ewald, Sr. Indiana
28. Vincenzo D'Amato, Sr. California
29. Andre Heidari, Jr. USC
30. Zach Hocker, Sr. Arkansas