Daniel Carlson was a finalist last season but ultimately fell to Ka'imi Fairbairn of UCLA.
This year, it's a similar story, as Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez walked away with the award given to the nation's best kicker.
It was a close race, but ultimately Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez had better makes/attempt numbers. Although they were equaled out when you take into account Carlson's two blocked kicks, Gonzalez just still had the better overall season. Gonzalez had more FGs made from 40+ and 50+ and seemed to be the likely candidate to win.
Georgia Southern's Younghoe (Young-hway) Koo was the third finalist. Koo's numbers were good, but not on the level of Carlson and Gonzalez.
Daniel #LEGATRON Carlson finished the 2016 regular season with 26 field goals on 30 attempts. He also made all 43 of his extra point attempts for 121 total points. That doesn't include the 6 points earned for a touchdown run on a fake field goal, either. His longest kick of the year was from 53 yards which he hit twice. Once against Clemson and once against Vanderbilt.
Carlson is already almost the Auburn career points leader and has set numerous Auburn kicking records, and he still has a year of eligibility left. Whether or not he comes back for that final year remains to be seen, but at the moment all signs point to a return. I guess with this result he's just going to have to come back for his final year of eligibility. Oh darn, right?