In the days following the NFL Draft, many Tar Heels have signed free agent deals with teams even after going undrafted. For those who don’t get a deal straight out of college, many others are invited to camp. This is what happened to North Carolina kicker Nick Weiler, who was invited to mini camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The placekicker from Virginia finished four years at Chapel Hill with his fair share of memorable moments. Weiler will always be remembered for his game-winning 54-yard field goal against Florida State on October 1. The field goal tied the second-longest in UNC history, making sure he won’t soon be forgotten in the annals of Tar Heels history. He was also an Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2016, Third-Team All-ACC in 2015, and a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the best placekicker in the nation.
In his junior year he was perfect in extra points, making 67 of them altogether. He also had an 87% field goal percentage on the season as well. Things slipped slightly in 2016 when he missed a single extra point to make 51 out of 52. He also only managed to make 71.4% of his field goals, which was really the main drop-off for him.
Weiler’s 273 points is the third all-time in school history. He also set the school’s single-season scoring record with 127 points in 2015. He ranks fifth all-time with 40 field goals and second all-time with 153 extra points.
Over the course of his college career, Weiler was noted for his long field goal range, able to make what most other kickers can’t hope to reach. Hopefully this will give him an edge when he competes against Jason Myers in Jaguars camp this year.
Good luck to Nick Weiler in his attempt at a pro football career.