Big shoes to fill

CLEMSON - Chandler Catanzaro set the bar awfully high for every kicker who follows in his footsteps at Clemson. Ammon Lakip is up first.

The former walk-on was money. Catanzaro had at least one point in every game in his career. He finished second in ACC history in points, first in school history in points, first in points [kick], first in extra points made, first in field goals of 40-plus yards, first in starts, and second in field goals.

Catanzaro set a school record with 20-straight made field goals and also converted 39 of his last 41 attempts.

Lakip, the starting kicker heading into the preseason camp, has considers his former teammate one of his best resources.

"Honestly, I'm just going to do me. We'll see how it goes. I pressure myself more than anything, since I've been here," Lakip said. "Being behind Cat, it was kind of hard to take it seriously as a backup, just because you know that Cat's not going to miss. I've just been learning off of him. Everyone that has gone through here has been teaching me and trying to mold me into the best kicker I can be.

"Hopefully, I can live up to Catman, but I'm just going to do the best I can do. That's all you can ask for."

Signed by Clemson in 2011, Lakip was a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 8 place kicker in the country. He's made all eight extra-point tries and is 1-for-2 on field goals during his first two seasons on the field.

"I had offers to small schools coming out of high school. I could have probably played for four years. I just wanted to come to a place where you compete at a high level, because, personally, I like pressure," Lakip said. "Being a soccer player, I always wanted that penalty kick-type of feel. I don't know, in high school, I loved it. That's what makes me better. It makes me more focused."

Having an experienced battery makes every kick that much more makeable for Lakip.

"With Michael Sobeski snapping and Corbin Jenkins holding, it's basically just hitting it off a tee every time," he said. "Soby is a two-year starter, Corbin is a one-year starter, I give all the credit to them. It makes my job that much easier."

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