Daniel Carlson has 90 career field goals.
After we beat Alabama—and hoped to have three games left—100 was attainable. It’s not looking good right now, but we owe it to him to give Carlson a shot at either this distinction or one other.
Carlson’s career longest field goal is 56 yards, in 2015 against Louisville inside the Georgia Dome. He’s hit from 54 twice in 2017, at Missouri, then against Georgia.
Malzahn told us in September of last year that a 60-yard attempt was coming.
Gus Malzahn again calls Daniel Carlson best kicker in college football. 'I really believe he's going to kick a 60-plus-yarder this year.'
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) September 29, 2016
But, we’ve never sent him on the field for one that long. The Peach Bowl is our last chance.
It’s time to do the right thing. Or, one of the right things. Either let Carlson try one from 60+ or send send him on every time we get to the 25.
Perhaps one option seems less outrageous than the other. Maybe proposing we cater the game in any way to one player’s personal accomplishment seems ridiculous.
But, think about what Carlson’s kicking has meant to our program over the last four years. Sure, I got as tired of all the field goals as the next guy. But, aren’t you glad he hit them—especially, for example, the six against LSU in 2016?
Hopefully UCF won’t stop us six times. They may not stop us at all; in which case we may look like jerks sending Carlson out on second down to try a 61-yarder with ten minutes left in the game.
Or, here is yet another superlative in the mix.
I believe he also has 195 point afters 😀 we could score 5 touchdowns
— Christy (@tatershell) December 26, 2017
Two hundred is also a nice round number.