Namaste, Catman

CLEMSON - Specialists are a quirky bunch, so leave it to a kicker to add hot yoga to his offseason training regimen.

Chandler Catanzaro knows a thing or two about improving during the offseason, so if he's taken up hot yoga, it's probably not a bad idea.

Since taking over as the starting place kicker as a redshirt freshman in 2010, his statistics have seen a steady improvement from one year to the next. After connecting of 14 of 22 field goals with a long of 48 in 2010, he hit 22 of 27 attempts, including makes on his last eight tries in 2011.

Catanzaro made his first 12 field goals before going on to finish the 2012 campaign with just one miss out of 19 attempts. He also set a career-high for longest make with a 50-yard hit. One of 20 semifinalists for the Groza Award, Catanzaro was voted second-team All-ACC by both the coaches and media at the end of his redshirt junior year.

Still, the Christ Church product entered his final offseason at Clemson intent on taking his game to another level.

"I went into the spring and summer with the attitude that I'm never satisfied," Catanzaro said. "There's always room for improvement. I can get my leg a little stronger. The biggest thing I focused on was my flexibility."

So, after bouncing the idea off of NFL great Morten Anderson, who's served as a mentor for Catanzaro, he signed up for hot yoga. Through most of June and July Catanzaro would drive back home to Greenville for the classes.

"My hips were a little tight. That's something I knew I could work on…that was a way I could get more flexible and turn," Catanzaro said.

The results are showing.

"I'm hitting great balls right now. I'm hitting further than I ever have," he said. "I'm really happy with the way I'm kicking right now. A big part of that is the yoga I did in the summer."

Working with Anderson for two days down in Buford, Ga. certainly helped, too.

"It's just picking his mind, different situations he went through as a kicker, the highs and lows, talking about what he was thinking about during those," Catanzaro said. "Technique a little bit, he was helping me with my kickoffs a little bit. I've been working on those, hitting those good. It's just really fun to hangout with him, because he's been there."

Not a bad guy for a kicker to have in his corner. Apparently, neither is Bikram Choudhury.

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