AUBURN, Ala. — It wasn’t shocking news, really.
On Monday, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson added a few more honors to his already long list.
Carlson was named the Southeastern Conference special teams player of the week for the second time this season and was selected as one of the Lou Groza Award national “Stars of the Week” after his performance against LSU. The junior kicked and made six field goals, scoring all 18 of the home Tiger’s points in the home win.
The Colorado, native made field goals from 51, 37, 31 yards out. He also connected from the 29-yard line three times, breaking his career record and tying the school mark for field Goals in a game.
After Auburn secured a home win at the final buzzer, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Carlson was the best kicker in college football.
“I think he confirmed that tonight,” Malzahn said. He had a 51-yard field goal, and he had some pressure kicks in the fourth quarter. Those are the hardest ones, I don’t care how far it is. He also kicked every kick off in the end zone. We were worried about their returners. He is a huge weapon and he came through tonight.”
On the season, Carlson is 12-for-12 and ranks fourth among FBS kickers. He’s made 29 of his last 30 field goals and leads all Tigers in scoring with 50 points.
The other weekly honorees were Andrew DiRocco (Tulane) and Zane Gonzales (Arizona State).
This is the 25th year of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kciker Award. Carlson was a 2015 Groza Award finalist.