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Monday, September 7, 2015

Auburn Tigers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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September 7, 2015 - kicker Daniel Carlson named SEC special teams Player of the Week
"Carlson made a career-long 56-yard field goal to put Auburn up 17-0 before halftime, was 3-for-3 on PATs and all six of his kickoffs were for touchbacks. The field goal, which was a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game record, tied for the third longest in school history and longest since Philip Yost's 57 yarder in 2003. It also tied for the 13th longest in SEC history and longest in the conference since Marshall Morgan of Georgia's 56 yarder in 2013." -

September 5, 2015 - Daniel Carlson kicks 56 yarder in win over Louisville
"Daniel Carlson said during preseason camp he told Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn he was confident from inside 60 yards on a field goal. On his first attempt of the 2015 season, the sophomore got to prove he wasn’t just all talk as he split the uprights from 56 yards to give No. 6 Auburn a 17-0 lead in the Tigers 31-24 victory. Carlson’s kick, which went straight into the back net with plenty of distance to spare, broke the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game record for longest successful field goal. The previous record was set by Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin in 2008 during Alabama’s season-opening victory over Clemson. 'They were just kind of figuring out whether we were going to kick it and I was in coach Malzahn’s ear saying ‘let me have a chance', Carlson said. 'We got the kick off with probably one second on the play clock and I didn’t really have much time to think'." - Montgomery Advertiser

June 1, 2015 - punting competition
"Kevin Phillips, a junior college transfer who walked on, handled the duties this spring but Ian Shannon (6-foot, 200 pounds) is set to arrive and immediately compete for the job. 'I think Ian is going to be a big-time weapon for us at punter,' special teams coach Scott Fountain said. 'At punter I do feel like Kevin Phillips has done a good job for us this spring. … That ought to be a really good battle for us'." - Anniston Star

March 20, 2015 - spring specialists
"Departed: Jimmy Hutchinson, Forrest Hill, Quan Bray, Corey Grant
Ready for Spring: Daniel Carlson, sophomore; Ike Powell, sophomore; Tyler Stovall, sophomore; Jason Smith, sophomore; Marcus Davis, junior, Ricardo Louis, senior, Johnathan Ford, junior, Jovon Robinson, junior
Coming in the fall: Ian Shannon
Outlook: Carlson was reliable in his first season of action. Five of his six misses were from beyond 40 yards, with only the clunker to end the Outback Bowl as a short-range miss. His punting was also quite good, though that figures to be cut back dramatically, if not eliminated, in the fall when Ian Shannon arrives. Long snapper also sees a change this offseason with Forrest Hill departing and Ike Powell taking over full time. Tyler Stovall is likely to remain the holder, though Jonathan Wallace could make an appearance." - Montgomery Advertiser

March 3, 2015 - punter Jimmy Hutchinson leaves team
"punter Jimmy Hutchinson has left the football program, according to multiple reports.... Hutchinson played sparingly after coaches decided to use Daniel Carlson on punts, kickoffs and field goals. Hutchinson punted nine times for an average of 36.6 yards in 2014." -

January 25, 2015 - punter commit Ian Shannon won't grayshirt afterall
"Shannon, the No. 4 punter in the 247Sports Composite, is one of 21 Auburn commitments. The Tigers are expected to take 27-28 in the class, and Shannon initially was told a grayshirt was likely. But back in December, Auburn hinted to him he might end up enrolling with the 2015s -- and now it's official. Shannon's reaction? 'Fantastic, excited, ready,' Shannon said. 'There are benefits either way but this is definitely what I wanted to do'."- 247 Sports 

December 17, 2014 - punter/kicker Kevin Phillips to walk on
"Mississippi Gulf Coast punter/kicker Kevin Phillips announced his plans to walk on at Auburn Wednesday morning, according to The Sun Herald. Phillips punted 41 times for 1,636 yards as a sophomore in 2014, an average of 39.9 yards per punt. His long was 57 yards and he pinned 10 inside the 20-yard line. At Auburn he is expected to compete with Daniel Carlson, Jimmy Hutchinson and 2015 commit Ian Shannon of Marietta, Ga." - 

November 29, 2014 - Daniel Carlson kicks five field goals in loss to Alabama
Auburn struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone Saturday night in a 55-44 loss to Alabama, but the Tigers had a more-than-reliable kicker in Daniel Carlson. The redshirt freshman converted all five of his field goal attempts for the Tigers (8-4) and accounted for 18 total points. 'It was a tough loss,' Carlson said after the game. 'I hit quite a few field goals today, but obviously those could have been extra points instead. We fought hard and played as a team, but just didn't come out on top. It was a fun experience nonetheless. I love this team and it's tough when we can't finish.' Carlson hit field goals of 20, 24, 24, 20 and 33 yards in the loss and made all three of his extra point attempts. He has now converted 17 of his 21 field goal attempts this season and is perfect on point-after tries. 'I hit them well, as a unit -- snap, hold, kick, blocking was really good,' he said. 'The other 10 guys did their jobs and a lot of them were shorter field goals, nice and easy to put in. I just do what I do in practice every day. I'm glad I could get what points I could for the team'." -

November 12, 2014 - long snapper update
"Ike Powell could be in line to make his second straight start as Auburn's long snapper. Or Forrest Hill could return after a one-week absence. Gus Malzahn wasn't willing to divulge any details Wednesday night. 'It's possible,' Auburn's coach responded when asked whether Hill would be back in the lineup Saturday. 'I'm not ready to say 100 percent for sure, but it is possible'." - Ledger-Enquirer

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November 8, 2014 - Jimmy Hutchinson punts this week
"Redshirt freshman Jimmy Hutchinson handled both of the Tigers' punts Saturday, averaging 42 yards per kick. Hutchinson lost the job to fellow redshirt freshman Daniel Carlson during fall camp, but has begun to see more playing time as the season has progressed. Despite being the only player to punt Saturday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn refused to say Hutchinson has taken over the starting job. 'I wouldn't say (he is the punter) full-time,' he said, 'but we're getting more and more confidence in him.' For the season, Hutchinson has punted seven times for 279 yards, good for an average of 39.9 yards per attempt." - GoGamecocks

November 5, 2014 - Ike Powell will probably snap this week
"Auburn will 'probably' turn to freshman Ike Powell at long snapper this week against Texas A&M, coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday. Senior Forrest Hill suffered an undisclosed injury late in Auburn's 35-31 victory at Ole Miss on Saturday. Powell was called upon to deliver a snap on the final punt against the Rebels. 'Ike Powell will probably end up doing a lot of that duty,' Malzahn said. 'He is a possibility, but we have a lot of confidence in Ike. He did a super job to finish that game.' Hill has served as Auburn's long snapper since the 2012 season, providing the Tigers a reliable option for their punters.... Powell, a true freshman, was offered a preferred walk-on spot on Auburn's roster as a late addition to the Tigers' recruiting class Feb. 5. He has received all of Auburn's snaps with the backups this season." -

October 18, 2014 - kicker/punter Daniel Carlson
"Carlson, the first Auburn kicker to handle both punting and kicking duties since Damon Duval in 2002, is pulling that double duty as a redshirt freshman.... 'I think overall, he's done an excellent job,' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. 'We're asking a lot of him. He's made some big kicks in all three phases.' Carlson was brought in primarlly as a place kicker, and he's been rock-solid in that role. Despite a few misses, Carlson is still 10-of-13, knocking through 76.9 percent of his field goals so far.... Carlson's also a match for Parkey's leg strength on kickoffs; despite ceding the role to Alex Kviklys in certain situations. Carlson has 27 touchbacks this season, a number that tied for fifth in the country. His punting skills haven't been a revelation -- Carlson ranks just eighth in the SEC at 42.27 yards per punt, and the Tigers rank near the bottom in net punting -- but he's solidified a position that became an unexpected issue during training camp. Carlson likely won't have to be Auburn's primary punter his entire career. The Tigers have landed a commitment from Marietta, Georgia punter Ian Shannon to take something off of Carlson's platte and allow him to focus on just kicking next season." -

October 4, 2014 - Jimmy Hutchinson starts at punter
"Coming out of fall camp, Jimmy Hutchinson had tumbled down Auburn's depth chart. The team's only scholarship punter, he wasn't even listed on the two-deep. The starter was Daniel Carlson — who also handles field goal, extra-point and the majority of kickoffs — with Australian Matthew Shiel serving the backup. Even so, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in August that Hutchinson would still be in the mix for playing time. 'He got beat out in that position and he’s fighting for playing time for the next position,' the coach said. 'But you know, this is college football and you just (try to) be honest with your guys and you put the best guys out there that earn the position.' In the lead-up to Saturday, Hutchinson had apparently proved his worth to the coaching staff, which Malzahn acknowledged after the game. 'He has been pretty consistent,' he said. 'We just felt like we would give him an opportunity'." - Ledger-Enquirer

September 24, 2013 - occasional relief
"As expected, Daniel Carlson has had a heavy workload in the first three games of Auburn's season. He's the Tigers' primary punter and placekicker as well as handling kickoff duties. But each contest, the Tigers have also given other players opportunities to kickoff and punt. In all three games, backup kicker Alex Kviklys has attempted at least one kickoff. In the rout of San Jose State, he kicked off three times. Then last week, Australian Matthew Shiel got the chance to punt for the first time as a Tiger. It nearly ended in disaster, as Shiel bobbled the snap for picking it up and kicking it 35 yards downfield. Why was Shiel in the game at that time? 'It was the spot on the field,' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday night. 'He has been very good at pooch punting before. That was his first action and it was on the road. The snap wasn't great and he bobbled it, but he did recover. He’s done a very good job up to this point and we have confidence in him.' Malzahn said the Tigers will continue with the same plan for the time being: Carlson will still receive the lion's share of the reps in all three areas, but others will get into the game, too." - Ledger-Enquirer
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September 3, 2014 - punter Ian Shannon commits
"Shannon who said Auburn was the first school to start recruiting him. He also considered offers from Georgia Tech, Virginia, Southeast Louisiana, Georgia State, Appalachian State and Army.... Shannon, 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, was rated the No. 2 punter in the 2015 class at the camp, which is run by NFL Hall of Fame punter Ray Guy. He was also a standout at Auburn's kicking camp this summer. Shannon is an accomplished kicker and punter in high school. He made 16-of-18 field goals last season and averaged about 41 yards and gave up just 15 total return yards on more than 30 punts. He made a school-record 51-yard field goal and averaged 47 yards per punt last week." - Rivals

September 1, 2014 - Daniel Carlson named SEC freshman of the week
"Playing in his first collegiate game, Auburn freshman kicker and punter Daniel Carlson did more than enough to impress. Carlson was named the SEC's Freshman of the Week when the conference's weekly awards were announced Monday evening live on the SEC Network. As Auburn's first two-way kicker/punter since Damon Duvall (1999-02), Carlson wowed onlookers his booming punts and kickoffs in the season opener against Arkansas on Saturday. Carlson averaged 53.3 yards on three punts, including a long of 62 yards (the longest since 2006), and seven touchbacks on eight kickoffs. He also went 1-for-2 on field goals, with a made-kick of 45 yards after missing a 42-yard attempt as time expired in the first half. Carlson was also six-of-six on extra-points." - Opelika-Auburn News

August 16, 2014 - Daniel Carlson named starting punter
"Daniel Carlson will be a one-man band this fall. The redshirt freshman won Auburn's four-way competition at punter, coach Gus Malzahn announced Saturday. In addition to his punting duties, Carlson will also handle the placekicking and kickoff duties. "Daniel Carlson is going to punt for us. He's also going to place-kick for us. We do know that," Malzahn said. "As far as the No. 2 punter is concerned, we're still in a battle for that. We'll hopefully know something in the near future." - Ledger-Enquirer

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August 12, 2014 - kicker Daniel Carlson might punt
"Daniel Carlson's strong leg is difficult to ignore, and coaches are wondering aloud if the kicker might prove to be a two-way player for Auburn. The redshirt freshman is now competing at punter, where coaches do not quite yet feel comfortable with Jimmy Hutchinson following spring practices and two weeks of preseason camp. Whether Carlson, who will handle field goals and kickoffs, will win the job at punter and take on another strenuous and sometimes thankless responsibility remains to be seen. 'I've done really well, so I think there should be a decision pretty soon,' Carlson said Tuesday. 'We'll see what the coaches decided and what they need me for. I'm excited if I end up doing all three'.... 'You worry about a young guy with their leg,' coach Gus Malzahn said. 'Cody Parkey, I believe when he was a freshman, pulled something. (Special teams) coach (Scott) Fountain has done a really good job with him (Carlson). I think he's done a solid job managing his own body. But he has been kicking a lot because he's trying to win the jobs.' Coaches hinted last week a by-committee approach could be used at punter, where stronger kickers such as Carlson could be used for the booming punts, while others such as Hutchinson and newcomer Matthew Shiel work to carve out other roles." -

August 6, 2014 - punting competition 
"The expectation after spring was that redshirt freshmen heirs apparent in kicker Daniel Carlson and punter Jimmy Hutchinson had taken hold of the jobs. Only, that might not necessarily be the case. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn indicated there’s a wide-open battle to be the starting punter during his post-scrimmage press conference Wednesday afternoon. 'We got four guys and we’re letting them all get an opportunity,' Malzahn said. 'Hopefully we’ll figure that out sooner rather than later but we’re just trying to give people opportunities — and it’s not just there, it’s some other positions too.' Hutchinson is still in the running, though he’s got serious competition from last year’s backup, redshirt freshman Tyler Stovall, and Australian rugby player-turned-punter Matthew Shiel, a freshman as well. Carlson is also believed to be getting a look at punting in addition to his work at kicker." -  Opelike-Auburn News 

May 1, 2014 - kicker Daniel Carlson and punter Jimmy Hutchinson
"Daniel Carlson and Jimmy Hutchinson have always been the obvious heirs to Cody Parkey and Steven Clark at Auburn. Being the only kicker and punter on scholarship gave both kickers an obvious edge. But Carlson and Hutchinson earned the right to be the clear front-runners at kicker and punter, respectively, with the way the pair of redshirt freshmen performed in the spring. 'They're in position to be the guys,' Malzahn said at his Tiger Trek appearance in Dothan Wednesday night. 'We'll see once we get to fall camp, but we tried to give those guys a lot of reps, to show what they could do.' Carlson and Hutchinson did have some competition in the spring in the forms of walk-on kicker Alex Kviklys and walk-on punter Tyler Stovall, but Auburn's A-Day game was a clear indicator that Carlson and Hutchinson had taken charge. Carlson took all three field goal attempts, converting on a 27-yard chip shot and an impressive 50-yarder, then missing on a 51-yarder. Kviklys did get a chance on the final two extra points. Carlson did miss one extra point, but the coaching staff attributes that miss to a poor hold by Jonathan Wallace, who's learning a new role to replace Ryan White.... Auburn also tweaked its A-Day format to give Hutchinson some chances. Hutchinson averaged 40.6 yards on five punts in the spring game. Stovall, the backup, held on extra points three times, but he didn't get a chance to punt. 'Even in the spring game, we punted some,' Malzahn said. 'We didn't do that last year. Well, that was by design, to get them out there, give Jimmy a chance to show what he could do'." -

April 21, 2014 - Tyler Stovall playing football
"Tyler Stovall figures he's a lucky guy. He signed a scholarship to play baseball at Auburn way back when, and now he's on the Tigers' football team vying for playing time. In between those two events, some six years apart, was a stint as a professional baseball player, first in the Atlanta Braves organization. Today, he's a backup punter and holder, and has proof that he can do it after playing in the A-Day Game on Saturday." - Tigers

April 19, 2014 - A-day game
"Even its only score was no gimme, as redshirt freshman kicker Daniel Carlson had to convert on a 50-yard field goal to get the White squad on the board with 2:17 remaining in the first quarter." - Ledger-Enquirer

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April 12, 2014 - practice pressure
During both the middle and end of Saturday’s session at Jordan-Hare Stadium, coach Gus Malzahn said the kickers became live targets. 'We put the kickers in some situations as game-like as possible with the pressure on,' he said. 'I think they’ve responded fairly well with that.' Though there are a multiple players vying for the starting job — including walk-ons Alex Kviklis and Duncan McKinney — the man at the top of the depth chart is Daniel Carlson. It’s the same story at punter. Like Carlson, Jimmy Hutchinson sat out last year but now finds himself as the presumed starter heading into next season. Another redshirt freshman duo — Tyler Stovall and Jack Bjork — are also competing to become the Tigers’ newest punter. Whether any of the specialists will take the field in next Saturday’s A-Day game is uncertain. Malzahn said the same format as last year will be used; in that contest, Parkey kicked two field goals while no punts were attempted." - Ledger-Enquirer
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March 25, 2014 - freshman specialists go live
"We’re trying to put them through as many game-like situations as we can with the pressure on and all that during the spring," Malzahn said of the expected successors, a freshmen duo comprised of kicker Daniel Carlson and punter Jimmy Hutchinson. "But both of them ... are talented. It’s just a matter of getting experience." - Ledger-Enquirer

March 22, 2014 - freshman specialists about to go live
"Daniel Carlson and Jimmy Hutchinson patiently waited their turn last year as Cody Parkey and Steven Clark finished up their illustrious careers at kicker and punter, respectively. In their first week as successors, Malzahn said Carlson and Hutchinson didn't face any live pressure, as their only opponent was the weather. That will change soon enough. 'We're going to do a little bit more live stuff next week,' he said. It's a lot of instruction right now as far as that goes. When the bullets start flying live, you'll be able to evaluate those guys a little bit more than you can when they're just versus air'." - Ledger-Enquirer

February 5, 2014 - long snapper Ike Powell signs as preferred walk-on
"Powell, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound long snapper from Tift County High School in Chula, Ga., will be a preferred walk-on at the position, learning from long snapper Forrest Hill. In a direct message on Twitter, Powell told that he was offered the opportunity to grayshirt but decided to walk on instead. Powell, who was rated the No. 6 long snapper in the country by 247Sports, was named the top snapper by Kohl's Kicking Camp.... Auburn may also be getting another walk-on snapper in Zach Wade, from Bremen, Ga., who tweeted that he'd be a part of the class. 'It's official now. I'm an Auburn Tiger,' Wade tweeted. 'I am blessed to have this chance and I want to thank everyone who's helped me along the way'." -

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