Anders Carlson has one key phrase in the credo of being a successful kicker: Do your job.
Asked about his goals for his senior season at The Classical Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Carlson said, “I’m trying to help my team and do my job to make it to the state finals.”
And about the Kohl’s Kicking Camps in which he earned an invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game: “I did my job and was pleased to do that. It was a good group of kickers and I was blessed to do so well.”
Carlson became the first player to officially receive his honorary jersey for the Under Armour All-America Game as the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance began Tuesday at his school.
“It was a very special moment for me and my family,” he said. “Dreams become reality. … I was able to get that jersey on and it was big smiles all around. I’m very excited for the future and the game as well.”
The Under Armour game is Jan. 1 in Orlando and will be televised on ESPN. Andrew Mevis from Warsaw (Ind.) will be the placekicker for the other team.Carlson, ranked as the nation’s No. 1 kicker by Kohl’s after the national camp, also figures to get some TV time at the next level – and doing his job might get a bit harder.
Carlson committed to Auburn in June and got a taste of what to expect with his official visit this weekend. Carlson kicked two field goals in Classical’s victory Friday night and then flew to Alabama in the wee hours Saturday morning.
“I’m just preparing myself for Auburn or to redshirt,” he said. “Every kick I’m visualizing that I’m playing in the SEC championship game with fans screaming at me. Physically, I feel like I’m there, but there’s a lot of preparation mentally.”
He also has a good source of advice since his older brother, Daniel, is currently Auburn’s kicker and is among the best in the nation. While Anders hopes to push his brother, he also figures he’s likely to redshirt for Daniel’s senior year.
“He’s told me to believe in yourself,” Anders said. “People are going to doubt you when do good and when you do bad so if you stick true to yourself and keep working hard, you should be fine. God has blessed us and just trust in him.”
Anders acknowledged he faced a decision as to whether to go to the same school as his brother.
“I was thinking about whether I would be the little brother and live under legacy,” he said, “he’ll be gone when I take the role. I think I can be under him and make my own path as well. It will be a good mentoring experience and then I can go and do my own thing.”