Carlson's Night to Shine
Auburn Kicker Daniel Carlson (Photo: Auburn Athletics)
One week ago, Texas A&M defeated Auburn, 29-16. A majority of those points, came off the foot of Daniel LaCamera, the Aggies place kicker. His five field goals propelled Texas A&M to a victory.
Fast forward seven days later, another kicker played a role in his team’s win. This time? Auburn kicker, Daniel Carlson.
Carlson was a perfect, 6-for-6 on field goal opportunities in Auburn’s 18-13 win over LSU, with his longest being from 51-yards out to get his team on the board first. “I was definitely busy today, but it was a lot of fun.” Carlson said following the win.
Even when the spotlight was on him most of the night, he knows that he did not do it all on his own, and appreciates his team’s effort in the win.
“The most important thing is that we come out with a win.” Carlson said. “If we don’t come out with a win, it doesn’t mean anything. I’m glad we were able to hang on. Defense really stepped up that last drive. It was close but moving forward this will be huge for us.”
Since he arrived on campus, Carlson has been nothing but spectacular. He seems to add another ounce of ice water to his veins with every game. He is a perfect 12-for-12 this season on field goals, and he even has a touchdown. With focus like that, one wonders if the Junior gets nervous, and if the pressure ever gets to him.
“I’ve done it a hundred times, thousands of times in practice, so for me that’s kind of the mentality I take. The snapper, the holder, the line protecting me - everyone does such a great job in practice and it’s just about carrying over.”
The win over LSU was major for Auburn, but with 2 losses already, how has this team kept its’ composure, and confidence?
“We’ve just been sticking together and leadership has been stepping up in the locker room just to keep motivation and confidence going forward.”
Carlson’s six field goals tied a school record. The last kicker to do it, was Al Del Greco in 1982 against Kentucky. Following the game, Del Greco took to twitter to share his thoughts with Carlson. Del Greco tweeted: “Congrats Daniel Carlson!!! I'm proud to share the record with you!!! #money #WDE!!!”