Trusting himself

DAVIE, Fla. - Just like he did six times this season, Chandler Catanzaro will be kicking in unfamiliar territory on Wednesday night.

Catanzaro will make his first appearance at Sun Life Stadium when Clemson plays in the Orange Bowl. Two years ago, when Clemson played Miami in the multi-purpose stadium, Catanzaro and most of the other red-shirt players were back home in Clemson watching the game on TV.

Adjusting to the new surroundings shouldn't be too big of a task for the All-ACC second-team kicker.

"You've just got to focus on the uprights and your target," Catanzaro said. "When I'm walking on the field pre-game, I'll check the field out, check my spots out and look at the stadium past the uprights, see what my targets are for the game, hit those targets."

This season, Catanzaro hit 8 of 9 field goals in stadiums that he never kicked in. His only miss was from 40 yards against Georgia Tech.

"The stadium, the atmosphere, it really doesn't matter," he said.

The redshirt sophomore is 20 of 25 on field goals, including a run of six-straight, one of which clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title.

"I've done a good job this season. I'm going to go out there every day with the mentality that I'm not going to miss," Catanzaro said.

There were a few ups and down for Catanzaro in his first season as Clemson's placekicker. Despite connecting on 14 of 22 field goals in 2010, he still had to compete for the starting job in 2011.

His improvement in 2011 can be attributed to one individual.

"I think trusting myself more this season, trusting my technique to do the work for me," Catanzaro said. "It helped to have Michael Sobeski, Dawson [Zimmerman and [Spencer Benton] come in and do a great job for me…the field goal unit in general has been great this season." Top Stories