AUBURN | Already holding 12 school records, Daniel Carlson is setting his sights on the Southeastern Conference.
Auburn’s All-American kicker scored 14 points against Ole Miss Saturday to give him 413 in his career, which is the most in SEC history surpassing three Georgia kickers — Blair Walsh, Billy Bennett and Marshall Morgan.
“For me, just a lot of consistency over the years,” Carlson said. “The offense and the team has to put me in the position to kick a lot of those. A lot of them are extra points. Just to be consistent over four years just shows that a lot of hard work is paying off.”
Carlson was a perfect 3-of-3 on his field goals against the Rebels with makes from 49, 25 and 35 yards. He was also 5-of-5 on extra points to extend his SEC record of 167 consecutive made.
“Daniel is one of our team leaders. He’s earned that, and he has respect from both sides of the football and the coaches. He’s not looked at just as a kicker on our team,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “I can’t say enough good things about Daniel Carlson as a person, but he is a super competitor. You could put him at wide receiver, and I believe he could be an incredible wide receiver. He’s got that mentality.”
Carlson’s 413 career points now rank 20th nationally. At his current rate, he’ll finish the regular season with about 469, which would put him in the top five all-time but still well short of Keenan Reynolds, who scored 530 points at Navy from 2012-15.
Carlson, however, is already pointing ahead to his Auburn and SEC records to be broken by his younger brother, Anders. The younger Carlson is redshirting this fall but expected to take over as the full-time kicker next season.
“He just congratulated me after the record,” Daniel Carlson said. “I was giving him a hard time because I was telling him that he was going to have to try and beat that now. So, I hope I can keep racking up some points and then in the next four years my little brother can go and break that.”
No. 12 Auburn (5-1, 3-0 SEC) plays at LSU next Saturday.