On the Record: Mark Buchholz

CLEMSON – Another day and another strong performance in two sports for Clemson kicker Mark Buchholz.

Buchholz, who has been just about perfect through his first three games as Clemson's kicker, also scored his first goal of the 2007 season for the men's soccer team against Stetson Tuesday night.

In football, Buchholz has made all of his extra points, both of his field goal attempts and has been as consistent as any Clemson kicker in recent memory with his kickoffs.

While the Tigers were upset at Riggs Field, 2-1, Buchholz and the football team are still undefeated at 3-0.

This weekend will be another busy one for Buchholz as he'll play soccer against No. 1 Wake Forest Friday night before heading up to Raleigh for Clemson's football game against N.C. State.

CUTigers.com sat down with the junior standout earlier this week for another edition of On the Record:

Are you surprised at how successful you've been through the first three games playing football?
Buchholz: I don't know if I would use the word 'surprised.' Every time I go out there I'm expecting to make every kick. The good thing is that most of my kicks have been extra points instead of field goals. If I'm doing that it means we are winning football games. I'm excited about the rest of the season and I couldn't ask for anything more after the first three games. You know, on kickoffs opposing teams are averaging starting out at the 21-yard line and that's what we are striving for. We are probably one of the top teams in the nation on coverage right now ... so I can't complain.

Saturday will be your first time kicking on the road. Any thoughts on the differences there compared to the first three games?
Buchholz: Yeah I was thinking about it earlier in the week ... about going into a different environment as far as football goes. I really haven't done that yet so that will be interesting and that will be fun. I've been in some different environments in soccer ... like at Maryland. They have some pretty rough fans and they'll have 8,000 people there right on top of you and they are always yelling and bickering at you, calling you names. It's always fun. I just smile. We'll see what happens Saturday.

How are your legs holding up after playing two sports now for a couple of weeks? Is fatigue a factor?
Buchholz: It can be a little bit. I can't complain right now because my legs feel pretty good. Actually a lot better than what I anticipated over the summer. The coaches have helped with resting me so I can get my legs back for the games. Physically I'm pretty good- I'm good on long field goals pretty deep. I know Coach Bowden is pretty confident in me. I guess we'll see when we get the chance.

What about the soccer team? I'll give you a chance to plug what you guys have been doing over there. How has that been going for you? *
Buchholz: We've done pretty well so far. We are 3-2 with our two losses being in double overtime. We had chances to win those games so we could be 4-0-1 or even 5-0. We are doing pretty well. I think we are still ranked nationally. We have a tough schedule coming up in the conference. Every team in the ACC is tough. It's unbelievable. This is the best conference in the nation.

* Interview was conducted before Clemson's 2-1 loss to Stetson Tuesday night.

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