Auburn placekicker Daniel Carlson set a high bar for himself with a breakout sophomore campaign. Carlson was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, an honor given annually to college football’s top place kicker.
The Colorado native lost out to UCLA turned Houston Texans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn at the College Football Awards Show in December, but has a chance to walk the red carpet again.
On Thursday, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Carlson as one of the 30 kickers on the Groza Award’s preseason watch list for 2016.
Carlson is joined on the list by a pair of former finalists — Memphis senior Jake Elliott (2015) and West Virginia senior Josh Lambert (2014).
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A group of 20 semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 3 and three finalists will be revealed on Dec. 5 as voted on by a combination of FBS coaches, sports information directors and media members across the country.
Carlson set single-season records for Auburn last year with a streak of 16 consecutive field goals, four field goals from 50-plus yards and most field goals made in a season. He has the chance to move further up the program’s career record list in a number of categories as he works to build on his own impressive resume.
For a full Lou Groza preseason watch list click here.