Cat man consistency?

CLEMSON - Dabo Swinney said Chandler Catanzaro is definitely leading the charge for this fall's place kicking job.

Like any other position, things could change between now and the 2011 opener. But Catanzaro is working to ensure that he still has the job by the time Troy visits Death Valley on Sept. 3.

"Coaches are all about consistent performance," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do. I'm just believing in myself. I know what I can do. I know I'm going to finish really strong."

In the final scrimmage before spring break, Catanzaro struggled and hit just 3-of-6 field goal attempts.

As of Wednesday of last week, he had just one miss. During Saturday's stadium scrimmage, he knocked down 4-of-5, including a 40-yard make at the end of a two-minute drill. His long of the spring is from 53, and that was last Monday.

"I'm just trying to get better everyday," Catanzaro said. "That's what spring's all about, just getting better. I finished the season strong last season."

As a redshirt freshman last season, he made 14-of-22 field goals, with a long of 48. After a rocky start, he went on to knock down five of the final six kicks he attempted in 2010.

"I'm proud of what I did. Not many people thought I could do it, but I always believed in myself," Catanzaro said.

To remain consistent this spring and into the fall, Catanzaro wants to be more "direct" in his approach.

"I think, maybe, that caused a little bit of inconsistency in the past," he said. "That's made me a lot better kicker. When I'm back in my stance, just take straight steps with my plant foot, not wander off and go inside."

Catanzaro is confident with the battery he's working with this spring. Long snapper Phillip Fajgenbaum, who took over towards the end of last season, returns. Punter Dawson Zimmerman will replace Michael Wade as the holder.

"One good thing about having a punter as a holder, you're with him all day. All practice he can work on consistency of the hold," Catanzaro said. "It was a no-brainer that he was the guy coming in. It's a really smooth transition to him as a holder."

This summer, Catanzaro will head to Baltimore to work with former NFL kicker Matt Stover and former North Carolina kicker Kenny Miller. Top Stories