Still kicking

CLEMSON - The Tigers' struggles with the field goal unit continued in Saturday night's 16-13 loss at Florida State.

Chandler Catanzaro went 2 of 4 Saturday, with makes from 22 and 29.

"We believe in Chandler," said special teams coordinator Andre Powell. "I think, in time, he's going to be a really good kicker. Unfortunately, he's got to kick as a redshirt freshman."

The first miss, a 34-yarder, was blocked by linebacker Nigel Bradham.

"It was a little low," Powell said.

After the game, head coach Dabo Swinney said holder Michael Wade took credit for the second miss after making an early call for the snap on the 38-yard attempt.

"I think Mike had gotten dinged in the head a little bit on a kickoff return," Powell said. "He told me that later. In fact, on the last kickoff return, I was going to sub him. In retrospect, I probably should have subbed him, because he took another hard blow.

"Mike doesn't make mistakes. He doesn't always get it right, in everything he does. He doesn't make mistakes like that."

Former NFL special teams coach Mike Stock, who was brought in as a special teams consultant in February, spoke to Powell on Sunday night.

"We talked general special teams play. We talked about our struggles kicking field goals," Powell said. "He made a couple of suggestions. It was funny, because the suggestions he made were some of the things we did last week. We kicked under pressure a lot last week. Chandler, I think, was 30 for 31."

The field goal kicking job for Saturday's game at Wake Forest has not been decided. On Monday, Powell wasn't sure if it will be a competitive situation in practice this week.

"We'll kick every day, just like we did last week," he said. "If Chandler is 10 for 30 and Richard [Jackson] is 30 for 30, we'll examine that."

Powell doesn't see the long snapper jobs changing from. Phillip Fajgenbaum, who snapped on field goals and extra-points against Florida State, will continue doing so this weekend. Matt Skinner will handle the punt snaps. Top Stories