After Saturday’s win, once again Malzahn called Daniel Carlson “the best kicker in college football.”
While he’s definitely in that conversation, he’s now officially the best kicker in Auburn history.
On his third field goal of the day — a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter — Carlson became Auburn’s all-time record holder for field goals made with 61, surpassing Wes Byrum’s 60 set between 2007-2010.
“It’s big, obviously, Auburn is known for having a lot of great kickers, recently especially,” Carlson said. “So hopefully I can continue to keep making kicks. It means I’ve been busy obviously, so hopefully I can keep making those when the team needs me”
Auburn needed him on Saturday with the offense struggling at times. Carlson had a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 53-yard kick in the third quarter to go along with his fourth-quarter boot. He had attempted a fourth, but Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham blocked the kick after jumping over the center to block Carlson’s field goal.
On the season, Carlson is 20 of 22 with a long of 53. Both of his misses this season were blocked.
Malzhan isn’t a doctor, but his medical assessment of his team after the game was “we’re beat up.”
That might be putting it mildly as the following players didn’t play, or were injured during Saturday’s game:
— Tre’ Williams and Tony Stevens didn’t play and also didn’t start. This was Stevens’ second game out and Williams was injured during the Ole Miss game.
— Sean White didn’t start the game as what players described as an injury to his throwing shoulder, though White did play the entire second half.
— Pettway left the game late in the fourth quarter after he pulled up on a 60-yard run. The extent of his injury was not disclosed postgame.
— Malzahn described Kerryon Johnson as “somewhere around 80 percent” though he played the entire game and had 135 all-purpose yards. Also, defensive back Javaris Davis, who was injured during the Ole Miss game, played, but did not record a stat against the Commodores.