There is no doubting that Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson has one of the strongest legs in college football. It seems, however, that head coach Gus Malzahn is so confident in his kicker’s abilities that he is willing to let him try a kick that could be one of the longest in college football history.
Carlson’s career-long is a 56-yard field goal, which came in the season opener against Louisville last year. Malzahn is pretty sure that his kicker could back up about five yards and make one from 60-plus yards. so he is going to let him try one at some point this year.
“I really believe he’s going to kick a 60-plus yarder this year. He may kick a couple,” Malzahn said. “We’re going to give him opportunities. In practice he’s just drilling them and making it look easy. He’s a weapon on kickoff, too. There have not been many returns and he can make pressure kicks. The hardest kicks are the ones when you have to make it at the end of the game and there were about three of them in the third or fourth quarter that were huge pressure kicks.”
In last week’s big win over LSU, Carlson was responsible for all the team’s points as he made six field goals, a school record, and helped the Tigers win their first game without scoring a touchdown since a 3-2 defensive battle against Mississippi State in 2008.
Carlson sounds like has a lot of confidence in himself to hit a 60-yard field goal, which would break the team’s record for longest field goal of 57 yards held by Neil O’Donoghue and Phillip Yost, saying he used to nail 70 yarders in high school in Colorado, but with a little extra help from the wind and the high altitude climate.
“I hit that, actually, back in Colorado in high school,” Carlson said in August. “But a lot of guys can do that with some wind at their back and stuff. So I try not to mess around too much with that. I can hit 60-plus pretty easily.”
The Auburn Tigers face off against the Louisiana-Monroe WarHawks this weekend and they could have the opportunity to let Carlson try the record-long kick. The two teams take the field at 3:30 p.m. EDT on SEC Network.
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