Auburn's Daniel Carlson takes it all in on the red carpet during awards night in Atlanta
By Charles Goldberg
Auburn's Daniel Carlson didn't win the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker Thursday night, but don't underestimate what he meant to the Tigers this season.
"What he did for us this year was unbelievable, when you think about the pressure kicks that he made," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "He's one of the best and we're rooting for him. The season he's had for us has been phenomenal."
Carlson was named to the Walter Camp All-American second team Thursday night after landing first-team status on the coaches' All-Southeastern Conference team Tuesday.
Carlson was on the red carpet at the Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards show in Atlanta on Thursday night. UCLA's Ka'imi Fairbair won the Lou Groza Award.
Carlson was in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday at the Lou Groza banquet. He's the only kicker in the nation who has four field goals of more than 51 yards. His 22 field goals this season ties the school record set by Scott Etheridge in 1992. He'll get a chance to break the record in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30.
Ironically, the Groza Award's other finalist, Jake Elliott of Memphis, will square off against Carlson and the Tigers in the 11 a.m. game.
Carlson made 16 straight field goals during one stretch, finishing the regular season hitting on 22 of 26 field goal tries. He leads Auburn in points with 102. Forty-five of his 63 kickoff attempts went for touchbacks.
Jonathan Wallace was mentioned during the show as a member of the Allstate Good Works Team.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine