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OTTAWA – The Ottawa REDBLACKS of the Canadian Football League have signed Nick Setta, the first kicker under contract in franchise history.
Setta, a 32-year-old native of Lockport, Illinois, who played college football at Notre Dame, broke into the CFL with the Ticats in 2007 and made an immediate impression, being named a league all-star during his first two seasons.
In his CFL rookie season, Setta handled place kicking and punting duties for Hamilton, leading the league in scoring with 167 points. He also launched a 97-yard punt, the longest in Ticats franchise history and booted a 53-yard field goal, the longest in the league that season.
Setta had another standout year in 2008 by leading the league in punting average (47.4 yards). He also matched his long-kick reputation with another 97-yard punt.
In college, Setta played his freshman season in 2000 with the Fighting Irish and spent four seasons at Notre Dame. He kicked 46 career field goals for the Irish, the second highest total in school history, and holds the Notre Dame record by hitting at least one field goal in 16 consecutive regular-season games.