Sept. 1, 2014
Auburn's Daniel Carlson a happy kicker during Saturday's win over Arkansas
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ¯ Daniel Carlson knows how to make an entrance.
The Auburn punter/field goal kicker/kickoff man hit a 62-yarder in his first college punt, watched seven of his kickoffs downed for touchbacks, hit all six extra point tries and kicked a 45-yard field goal in Auburn's 45-21 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
Oh, yeah. He was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week Monday.
It was the first game for the redshirt freshman, who was not only replacing field goal and kickoff man Cody Parkey, but punter Steven Clark.
Carlson leads the SEC in punting after one game, averaging 53.3 yards on three punts. His 62-yarder was the longest for Auburn since Kody Bliss had a punt of 71 yards in 2006. He had another field goal tray, a 42-yarder, bounce off the right upright.
Still, all in all, a good day.
"Daniel Carlson’s kickoffs were outstanding. Asking him to punt too, he did a great job," said coach Gus Malzahn after the win over Arkansas. "I think this game will give him some confidence.
"Daniel Carlson got off to a good start."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: