Carmody a big weapon for U of L offense

Named the Big East Special Teams Player of the Week after making 3-of-3 field goals in Louisville's, 23-17, win over Cincinnati, junior kicker Art Carmody has been nearly perfect in 2006, making 11-of-12 field goals this season.

Louisville kicker Art Carmody is having an excellent 2006 season. In fact, the 5'11 junior, is making a name for himself as one of the nation's best place-kickers.

Named the Big East Special Teams Player of the Week after making 3-of-3 field goals in Louisville's, 23-17, win over Cincinnati, Carmody has been nearly perfect in 2006, making 11-of-12 field goals on the season.

"That was well deserved," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said of Carmody's honor. "He did a great job for us."

Carmody is one of the most accurate kickers in the country. He's made 25 of his last 26 field goals – an unbelievable number. This season, Carmody is the highest scoring kicker in the nation and ranks sixth nationally in scoring with 10.5 points per game.

"He's doing an unbelievable job," Petrino said. "He's been very consistent. To be able to have that confidence in him is great."

Carmody is on pace to shatter every kicking record at U of L. Carmody, who set the single season field goal percentage record last season (14-16), needs just eight more field goals to break Nate Smith's (44) career mark.

Former Louisville assistant Tony Levine, now with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, discovered Carmody and helped bring him to U of L as a walk-on three years ago to compete for the place-kicking job after Smith graduated.

"Tony Levine was well aware of him because he came from down where he was at in Louisiana," Petrino said. "He had been recruiting him and knew he was a real good player."

Carmody beat out two others for the job, including current U of L punter Todd Flanery. Though he came to Louisville without a scholarship, Petrino quickly made the decision to give him one after a strong spring performance in 2003.

"We got him to come up here on a visit," Petrino said. "Right away we were pretty sure he was pretty good. When Nate Smith graduated, Art performed real well in the spring and we came back in the fall and we put him on scholarship. Then the week after we put him on scholarship he missed everything. I was like, Tony, ‘What did we just do?' But he's certainly shown how good a kicker he is."


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