Practice Makes Perfect For Auburn Football Player Being Honored As SEC Player of the Week

Daniel Carlson, the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, is off to a great start to his junior season.

Auburn, Ala.--It would be difficult to find a better example of the old saying that “practice makes perfect,” something that helped Auburn junior Daniel Carlson be named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.

The junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., set a school record for most points by a kicker when he scored six points on a touchdown on a fake field goal, six more points on PAT kicks and nine as he went 3-3 on field goals. His 21 points were three more than the previous high by Al Del Greco, who kicked six field goals in a 1982 victory over Kentucky.

Carlson’s touchdown in the second quarter, which put Auburn up 28-7 vs. Arkansas State, went into the record books as a 20-yard run for the first TD of the kicker’s college or high school playing days.

“That was the first time I have ever done a fake,” Carlson said. “It was a lot of fun. All of that work paid off to help me make it to the end zone.”

Making the play work was the toss from holder Tyler Stovall, a former pro baseball pitcher. 

Photography: Johnny Lawrence

Carlson heads toward the football tossed in the air by Tyler Stovall.

“It was perfect,” Carlson said of the execution from his teammate. “We couldn’t have done it any better. We practiced that quite a few times. A lot of times when we aren’t kicking much and I am resting my leg we practice that. It is a harder throw than you might think.”

Carlson, one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award last season, is 5-5 on field goals this season. “I feel like I am off to a good start,” the All-SEC junior said.

The kicker and his teammates return to action on Saturday with a 6 p.m. CDT game at Jordan-Hare Stadium vs. 17th-ranked Texas A&M.

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