Auburn's football program held a scrimmage earlier today. The highlight was a kick made by the Tigers' freshman kicker.
Anders Carlson, a redshirt freshman, drilled a 62-yard field goal during a scrimmage inside Auburn's indoor practice facility. It was impressive.
“He made it from 62, and it would’ve been good probably from 70,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Malzahn reportedly asked Carlson if he felt good enough to attempt the kick. He clearly did.
“I had a chance to kick it 62, and we just went there, and it was smooth operation and I put it through,” Carlson said. “Can’t complain. … Coach said, ‘You good?’ and I said, ‘I’m good,’ and just went and got it.”
How far away does Carlson feel comfortable from? Probably five yards longer than today's kick, at least.
“Distance-wise, I feel 62 is not anything if there’s no wind,” Carlson said. “But it’s all about accuracy. In the game, you get an extra 5 yards because of the adrenaline and whatever. But I feel confident.”
The Tigers will have a major special teams weapon if that's actually the case. He's going to be fun to watch, for sure.
Auburn is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Washington.