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Monday, March 10, 2014

Draft Preview: Chandler Catanzaro

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Clemson's Chandler Catanzaro. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Chandler's profile page on the Tigers' website:

2013 Senior Season
  • Career: second in ACC history in points ... first in school history in points, first in points (kick), first in extra points made, first in field goals of 40+ yards, first in starts, and second in field goals
  •  Third-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... 
  •  was 2-2 on field goals (49-yarder and 45-yarder) and scored eight points at N.C. State on Sept. 19; set the Clemson career record for points; named team special teams player-of-the-game
  • was 4-4 on field goals and scored 16 points at Maryland on Oct. 26; named team special teams player-of-the-game
2012 Junior Season
  • One of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award
  • Second-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches)
  • made his first 12 field goals of the season before his first miss, a 48-yarder that just missed wide-left, at Wake Forest on Oct. 25
  • was 4-4 on field goals and scored 14 points against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1; one of five winners of the Lou Groza Star-of-the-Week Award; named team special teams player-of-the-game
  • was 2-2 on field goals (46-yarder, 43-yarder) and scored 12 points against N.C. State on Nov. 17; named team co-special teams player-of-the-game
  • was 2-2 on field goals, including a 37-yarder with no time left on the clock to give Clemson a 25-24 win, against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31; named team special teams player-of-the-game
2011 Sophomore Season
  • One of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award
  • Second-Team All-ACC selection (media)
  • was 3-3 on field goals and scored 13 points against Troy on Sept. 3; his makes were from 46, 46, and 45, as he tied a school record with three field goals of 45+ yards; named team special teams player-of-the-game
  • was 5-5 on field goals and scored 18 points against Boston College on Oct. 8; his makes were from 38, 42, 18, 20, and 47 yards; named national placekicker-of-the-week by CFPA; one of three winners of the Lou Groza Star-of-the-Week Award; named ACC Specialist-of-the-Week; named team special teams player-of-the-game; received the Leather Helmet Award as the game MVP
  • kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give Clemson a 31-28 win against Wake Forest on Nov. 12; it was Clemson's first game-winning field goal on the last play of a game in Death Valley
  • was 2-2 on field goals against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4; his makes were from 42 and 43 yards.
2010 Freshman Season
  • starting placekicker as a freshman, the first Clemson freshman to hold that role since Aaron Hunt in the 2000 season ... 
  • made six of his last seven field-goal attempts; made his last field goal at Florida State, a 29-yarder with 53 seconds, then was 3-3 at Wake Forest, with makes of 43, 22, and 32 yards ... named team special teams player-of-the-game by the coaches against Wake Forest 
High School
  • lettered in football as a junior and senior
  • played in the North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach
  • made 10-16 field goals during his senior season, but had just one miss inside 52 yards; made a pair of 51-yard field goals that season, establishing a school record ... made 47-48 extra points and had 41 touchbacks on kickoffs ... had a 41-yard average as a punter
  • as a junior, he made 11-13 field goals, with a long of 43 yards ... all-region kicker as a junior ... Class A All-State placekicker as a junior by High School Sports Report ... led the team in scoring with 62 points as a junior and was named team special teams MVP
  • also lettered in tennis during his freshman season; played on the state championship team and won the deciding match ... played on two state championship soccer squads ... lettered in basketball as a sophomore and junior and led team in scoring as a sophomore


College Stats:
2013: 13 of 14 (92.9%) FGs; 60 of 61 PATs; 99 points
2012: 18 of 19 (94.7%) FGs; 57 of 59 PATs; 111 points
2011: 22 of 27 (81.5%) FGs; 52 of 53 PATs; 118 points
2010: 14 of 22 (63.6%) FGs; 34 of 34 PATs; 76 points

Toward the end of his senior season last November, Catanzaro discussed his past and future kicking career:
"Long distance field goals (are) something that I was repping a lot in the offseason. Morten Andersen talks about treating a 53-yard field goal just like a 48-yarder with five yards to spare. Tricking your mind to think that way. Don't put a distance on it and just be the same kick and same routine....

It's crazy. Looking back on these four years, it's such a special time in my life. My main goal right now is to take every moment in and not take anything for granted....

It's always been my dream to play a professional sport. I didn't know it would come true. I've definitely thought about it and talked about it with the coaches a little bit. I've got a couple big games left and I've got to be ready when I'm called upon. After the season, we'll see how it lines up."

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