Daniel Carlson (above) is shown in action during his team's victory vs. LSU in September.
The award was announced on Wednesday, a day after Carlson was named to the All-SEC First team by the league’s coaches.
For a second straight year he is finalist for the Lou Groza Award that will be presented on Thursday night to college football’s top kicker. Carlson has made 26-30 field goals in 2016 and has put 79.4 percent of his kickoffs into or out of the end zone for touchbacks. That ranks No. 2 nationally.
Asked how he has been so successful, Carlson told Inside the Auburn Tigers, “It’s the same as always. When the team needs me, I’ve got to execute and do my job. When the coach sends me out there, he expects three points. Luckily, I have been able to that most of the time. I take my job seriously. Those points can add up, especially in a close game.”
He set a record this season for most points scored in a game by an Auburn kicker with 21 vs. Arkansas State. Carlson tied Al Del Greco’s single-game Auburn record for field goals when he made all six of his tries in a victory over LSU this year.
Daniel Carlson is the ninth Auburn player to score more than 100 points in a season.
Carlson has made 67-81 field goals as a three-year starter for the Tigers. His percentage of 82.7 ranks No. 1 in AU history.
He has scored 347 career points, which is No. 2 in Auburn history, including 127 this year, which ranks second on the AU single-season scoring list.
Other SEC awards announced on Wednesday included Jalen Hurts of Alabama winning the Offensive Player of the Year, Jonathan Allen of Alabama being named Defensive Player of the Year, Nick Saban of Alabama being named Coach of the Year and Brooks Ellis of Arkansas being named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Carlson has eight field goals of 50 yards or longer at Auburn, three more than the previous mark set in 1976 by Neil O’Donoughe.
Considered a pro prospect, Carlson said he is leaning towards returning as a fifth-year senior and play one season in college with his younger brother Anders Carlson, who has committed to kick for the Tigers.