Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' post-spring kicker depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 18, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, a redshirt freshman, hits a field goal during the A Game Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. 04.19.14


Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position projection of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the kickers.

Who's Who:

Alex Kviklys, junior: Has not seen varsity action in first two seasons

Duncan McKinney, junior: Has not seen varsity action in first two seasons

Daniel Carlson, redshirt freshman: N/A; redshirted last season

Pre-spring projection:

1. Carlson

2. Kviklys or McKinney

Post-spring projection:

1. Carlson

2. Kviklys or McKinney

Analysis: No shock value here.

Carlson is the only scholarship kicker on the roster. Something out of the ordinary would have to occurred for the redshirt freshman to leave the spring at anything other than the top of the depth chart.

He has a tough task, of course: Replacing a three-year starter, regardless of the position, is never easy. And as to be expected of a player entering his first year as "the man," Carlson battled ups and downs this spring.

Ironically enough, those peaks and valleys surfaced in the A-Day game. On one hand, Carlson nailed two of his three field goal attempts — from 27 and 50 yards, respectively — on his way to capturing the game's special teams MVP award. On the other, he also missed an extra point in the first quarter.

Still, his A-Day performance had little bearing on the two-deep. He had sown up the starting job well beforehand.

We'll know far more about the Colorado native's resolve this fall when he kicks in his first live game.

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