Heading into 2020, Anders Carlson looks to continue his progression as Auburn’s starting kicker.
Carlson was up-and-down in 2019, making only 18-of-25 field goal attempts despite connecting on 48-of-49 PAT attempts.
Despite the struggles throughout the season, Carlson was 4-for-4 against Alabama, connecting on field goals from 43, 43, 44 and 52 yards out. The Iron Bowl performance was good enough to earn him SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
“From game one to game 12, I was a much different kicker with my mindset,” Carlson said. “So just carrying a simple mindset this season like I did in the Iron Bowl. Just treating it like a game and going in confident.”
Due to COVID-19, Anders Carlson prepared for the season with his older brother, former Auburn kicker and current NFL kicker for the Las Vegas Raiders, Daniel Carlson.
Anders and Daniel worked together for nearly two and a half months, working out three times a week.
Because of the position’s uniqueness, Anders Carlson wasn’t affected as much by the isolation and social distancing. Outside of the long snapper and holder, the kicker is usually on his own.
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“It’s kinda funny when we were all isolated, for me, life wasn’t that different,” Carlson said. “You know, typically, I’m out there on the field by myself anyway.”
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