Morten Andersen, who holds several NFL records, including most games, field goals, points and game winning field goals, will be back in Catanzaro's corner this summer.
According to Catanzaro, last summer's training sessions with Andersen
helped prepare him for a stellar redshirt sophomore campaign.
"That was great for me. It got my confidence up. He really helped me with
my mental strength. It was good kicking with him," Catanzaro said. "He's
been through all of that. He's been through the ups and downs of kicking.
He's, obviously, one of the best of the best."
Catanzaro converted on 22 of 27 field goal attempts in 2011, including a
game winner against Wake Forest, to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division.
A year earlier, Catanzaro was mostly inconsistent. Before converting on
five of his final six kicks, he started 9 of 16.
"What a difference a year makes," he said.
Before Saturday's Orange and White game, Catanzaro had been perfect
throughout the spring in competitive kicking situations.
He hit 3 of 5 during the spring game. Both of his misses were from over 50
yards. The longest made field goal of the spring was from 45.
"I'm hitting my targets, hitting it where I want to," Catanzaro said.
The entire field goal operation has been on the money.
"I think it's a testament to the whole field goal unit," he said.
"Michael Sobeski has been a stud out there snapping. Spencer
Benton is doing great holding as well. They're making my job easier."
Heading into the summer, Catanzaro has pinpointed one area that he wants
"I haven't been the most flexible guy. I've really tried to increase my
flexibility so my leg can swing more freely. That's probably my main
thing," he said. "Just the same old same old with everything else, just
trying to bulk up my leg so I can get a little more distance -- I think
I've done that. I keep getting stronger as I'm here."
More importantly, his mind is as strong as ever.
"I'm able to bring confidence in from last season. Last season really
brought up my confidence and made me realize that I can do it," Catanzaro
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