Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson has a huge leg. With the field goal that he drilled early in the second quarter against No. 2 Clemson, Carlson became the school’s new all-time record holder for field goals beyond 50 yards. With his sixth 50-plus-yard field goal of his career, Carlson sits alone atop the leaderboard for Tigers kickers, and he is only at the start of his junior season. Unless he bucks every conventional trend in the history of kicker-dom and leaves early, Carlson is only going to extend his record.
A Lou Groza pre-season watch list nominee, Carlson went 57-for-57 on extra points last season for the Tigers. A 6’4″, 216-pound kicker, Carlson is much bigger than his brethren who sometimes resembles the kid who got off the bus at the wrong stop.
From Pike National Forest, Colorado, Carlson was a three-star recruit who was rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall kicker in the Class of 2013. He was so good, he was rated as the fifth-best player in the entire state of Colorado.
His talent was not lost on premier programs around the country who offered him the chance for him and his leg to bring their talents to their campus, including LSU, Oregon, Baylor, North Carolina, Cal, and Virginia.
He was a bright spot on an Auburn team that went just 2-6 inside the SEC last year and struggled to find a quarterback who could provide consistency. As Auburn moves ahead into 2016, they know at bare minimum that they have two more years of dominant kicking in store from Daniel Carlson.