Art Carmody ready for another busy season

Sophomore kicker Art Carmody established a number of school records last fall, including a new NCAA mark for consecutive extra points made. With the Louisville offense preparing for what should be another high-scoring season, Carmody has spent his summer preparing to improve on his performance of 2004.

When sophomore kicker Art Carmody joined the Louisville football program as an invited walk-on prior to the 2003 season, he did so with the dream of playing for a winning program. He came to U of L from Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was a two-time All-District and All-City kicker. As a senior, Carmody was a perfect 28-of-28 on extra points and connected on 8-of-11 field goal attempts, earning All-State honors.

After redshirting his initial year as a Cardinal, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound Carmody earned the team's placekicking duties and launched a season that will forever he etched into the school and NCAA record books.

With just one year of action behind him, Carmody has already established a new school and NCAA mark for consecutive points-after-touchdown with 77. Include his senior year of high school and Carmody has now converted a very impressive 105 extra points in a row.

"I know what I did last year and that I had a good year, but as soon as the new year started it was done with," said Carmody. "I know that I will have to come out and do everything that I did last year and more to help the team out this year."

As he begins his sophomore campaign, he'll also be chasing other single-season records that he set in 2004, as well as adding to his already solid career numbers.

His 80% accuracy on field goals is the best single season effort in school history, while his 113 total points is the most ever for a kicker in one year.

"Last year was great," Carmody explained. "I remember there were times when I'd come off the field and then all of the sudden we get an interception or a good punt return and I have to grab my helmet and run right back out there."

Despite the strong performance of a year ago, Carmody spent his summer - along with the majority of the team - on campus and participating in voluntary workouts, something that he says will only help him improve.

"With last year being my first year kicking, I didn't really know what to do and how to handle things, but this year I'm a little wiser and I know how to prepare for certain situations."

One certain situation, one that he dreams of, has yet to occur. While his 19-yard field goal secured Louisville's 44-40 win over top-ten ranked and undefeated Boise State in the Liberty Bowl, he has yet to have an opportunity to score the game's final points.

"It's something that you dream about every night," Carmody said. "It's something that you want to prepare and be ready for. The reason I came to Louisville was to win big games and help my team out any way possible."

However, while he has no complaints about his Cardinal career to this point, he does admit, that as a kicker, he'd prefer to not see his name in the headlines.

"I would rather not be known, because that would mean that I'm doing my job," he said. "With the offense, we'll score a lot, so it'll get me on the field a lot, so I can't complain about it."

Louisville will begin preparations for the 2005 season this Saturday when they start fall camp at 2:00 p.m. The public is welcome to watch practice, which will be held on the two practice fields in front of the U of L football complex.

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