Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation


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CLEMSON – Yes, Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS So. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 205
Greenville, SC

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has seen the picture. Once. And that is all he needed to see.

The picture in question is the one taken of the Clemson kicker in the seconds following his missed 31-yard field goal at Auburn a year ago, and it shows the Greenville native holding both of his hands to his helmet in disappointment as Auburn players rushed the field to celebrate their 27-24 win.

Catanzaro had drilled a 26-yard field goal just moments before, seemingly tying the game, but Clemson snapper Matt SkinnerMatt Skinner
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Jacksonville, FL

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was called for moving the football before the snap and the Tigers were penalized five yards. The next kick was wide, and began a season of inconsistency in the Clemson kicking game.


See photo here

However, the Tigers made a change at long-snapper later in the season– to Phillip FajgenbaumPhillip Fajgenbaum
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Raleigh, NC

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- and Catanzaro hit six of his final seven field goals, including a 29-yarder with 57 seconds left at Florida St. that tied the score at 13-13, and Catanzaro has said he has drawn strength from that early miss and last season’s struggles.

I saw it [the picture] once. I took that moment and grew even stronger from it,” Catanzaro said this week. “It doesn’t bother me. Believe it or not, I drew confidence from the Auburn kick. I knew what I did wrong. I learned from it and I got stronger. I was just so ready to kick another big one. When Florida State came up, I was just chomping at the bit to kick it. I was really confident going into that.”

Catanzaro has kicked well in camp, and he says that he has the confidence he can go out and win games in 2011.

“I feel confident that I can help my team. I feel confident in our field goal unit,” he said. “We are just focused on this year. We are doing great. We are kicking the ball well. Our unit - snapper, holder, and kicker - is more consistent this year. We are just getting better every day. Our unit is better this year and it is more consistent. When Fajgenbaum came in towards the end of the season, we were much more solid- the unit as a whole was much more consistent. Last year, we just didn’t have any rhythm.”

During the off-season, Catanzaro’s father – Greenville dermatologist Joseph Catanzaro – arranged it so Chandler could work with former NFL kicker Morten Andersen, who just happens to be the all-time leading scorer in NFL history.

“I got connected with Morten because my dad did some research and found out that Morten takes a few kickers each year,” he said. “We called him up and he said that he would love to have me. I was blessed to have that opportunity.”

Catanzaro said he learned a lot from Andersen, whose NFL career spanned the better part of three decades (1982-2007).


“We just tweaked my technique a little bit. We worked mostly on mental stuff,” he said. “I loved hanging out with him. He was an awesome guy. He’s a great role model. We worked on things that I can do when I’m on the sidelines, not kicking- when to be ready, when to have my helmet on, stuff like that. He gave me some mental work that I can do on my own to help me stay relaxed. He taught me a lot because he’s been through everything. I’ve grown much stronger and more confident with it.”

He also learned a lesson about big kicks from the former Pro Bowler.

“Every kick is the same,” he said. “That’s something that Morten taught me- there is no pressure kick. Every kick is the same. Nothing different. That’s how I look at it. I’m really excited about the season. Hopefully there will be some big kicks this year and I can just go out there and do what I’ve been doing out here. I’ve just worked my butt off so I’m ready. But my job is ultimately to put it through pipes.”


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Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation
B-Meist®
Why must we be reminded!!!!????!!!
MDT1GER
I was there in person... this one really hurt.
TigerLight
Re: I was there in person... this one really hurt.
TigerLight
Or if they called the offsides on AU on 3rd & goal***
Shevlin77
I put that one on skinner...
camdentiger09
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treeclimber
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TigerHawk76®
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Outbound®
Re: Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation
true
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CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation
allorangeallthetime52®
Man, I hope so
BillgoCU
I hope the other kicks he missed....
BigCUFan®
Admittedly, my lack of confidence in the kick...
Beegshot®
Catanzaro's 2010 missed FGs didn't result in any losses.
Razzmatazz
You can't hang the losses just on him, but you can
aerozeptallica®
Re: Catanzaro's 2010 missed FGs didn't result in any losses.
Terrierfan
I said it last year and I will say it again now.....
BigCUFan®
Epic failure in reading comprehension.
Razzmatazz
Re: Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation
TigerFanClint
Re: Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation
armsb
Re: Catanzaro says missed Auburn kick is motivation
davidhood®
What happened to Ammon Lakip in FG & kick-off duties?
Razzmatazz
According to your poor sense of logic and reasoning...
deleted
Thanks for that logical, well-reasoned reply. Brilliant!***
Razzmatazz
Thanks, it is concise and 100% accurate. Again...
deleted
Just double-checked it...
deleted
Juvenile reply? Check.***
Razzmatazz
If calling reality "juvenile" helps you sleep better,...
deleted
that was High School
RU4GOD2®
Yep, but I would expect Lakip to KO through the end zone.
Razzmatazz
Re: What happened to Ammon Lakip in FG & kick-off duties?
Terrierfan
What happened to civilized, adult discussion?
Razzmatazz
adult? this coming from a guy who waits every
poppasback
So commenting on blogs isn't adult, but you just commented.
Razzmatazz
Re: What happened to civilized, adult discussion?
Terrierfan
So if I ask a question about Lakip, it's OK to get rude?
Razzmatazz
Glass houses....
deleted
Ironic.***
Razzmatazz
Not in the least bit.
deleted
i hope so, cause we will need him. Poor kicking cost us at
gatecitytiger
Which two wins did Catman cost?
Razzmatazz
Catman missed key kicks in 4 different games
milerock®
Are you serious? Really??
deleted
Answer the question. Which two games would we have won?
Razzmatazz
Yet again you're showing your tunnel vision...
deleted
You're showing your inability to follow a thread again.
Razzmatazz
Conversely, you're showing your shallow-minded thinking
deleted
If a kick from 11 months ago, is still on his mind...
Tiger_Tim
he's probably a good kid, but I would just say prove it on
sparklecity_tiger
Re: he's probably a good kid, but I would just say prove it on
Terrierfan
he's not required to talk to the media a##hat***
sparklecity_tiger
He is a kicker, and the season hasn't started, and he is
GBS
GOOD LUCK CAT-MAN & the Snapper too !!!!!! GO TIGERS !!!
FLTiger87®
well im glad you got motivation at our emotional expense :)***
ArmyRanger28®

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