Daniel Carlson (above) is in his third season as Auburn's starting kicker.
Carlson scored all of his team’s points in an 18-13 victory on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium that improved Auburn’s record to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SEC.
The kicker noted he was glad to help his team win, but admitted it would be better for the team if the Tigers were scoring more touchdowns.
“I am like any other guy on the field hoping we are going to punch it in,” he said. “Once I hear field goal I’ve got to stay locked in, relax and do my job. That’s really all there is to it.”
A perfect 12-12 on field goals this season, Carlson has made 29 of his last 30 field goals. He still remembers his last miss. “It was against Bama last year,” he said. “It’s been a long time, but I miss them in practice so it will happen sometime eventually, I’m sure. For now, I’m going to continue to do what I’m doing.”
Gus Malzahn called Carlson the best kicker in the country and noted that the coaching staff believes in Carlson’s ability to get the job done as a field goal kicker and kickoff man.
“The last two years I have tried to earn that trust,” Carlson said. “The coaches really put that on me. When my name is called, I need to execute. I take great pride in that.”
Last season he was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate kicker. On Monday that organization recognized him as one of their players of the week for his big night vs. LSU, which included no kickoff returns allowed.
Carlson and the Tigers will return to action on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. home game vs. Louisiana-Monroe.