By Gray Gardner.
CLEMSON, SC — “I felt great,” said Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro after kicking a career-high five field goals in his team’s victory versus Boston College on Saturday.
Catanzaro’s performance earned him the Leather Helmet award, given annually to the most outstanding player from the Clemson-Boston College match up.
“I do whatever my team needs me to do, and today that happened to be five field goals,” Catanzaro said. “Last week it was one field goal, today it was five field goals and I’m just so glad. I give God all the glory that I could drown all five of them.”
The feat marked the first time since 2009 that a Clemson kicker has made more than four field goals in a game. Ironically, the last time it happened was against Boston College when Richard Jackson went 6-6.
Catanzaro hit from 18, 20, 38, 42, and 47 on Saturday. The longest of his kicks came late in the third quarter. The sophomore got just enough on his kick as the ball bounced off the crossbar and between the uprights.
“There was a lot of wind coming from that direction,” Catanzaro said. “If you looked at the flags you could see there was a lot of wind. I knew that I would have to mash it in order for it to get there.”
Catanzaro said he knew he got a good leg on it right when it left his foot.
“I hit it really solid. I looked it up and it was going right down the middle,” he said. “I actually kind of – while it was in the air – I was kind of pushing it.”
Adding to the impressiveness of Clemson’s kicking success is the fact that the Tigers were breaking in a new snapper and kicker. Catanzaro was certainly happy with their performance.
“I have to give a lot of credit to Michael Sobeski, who snapped field goals today. And Dawson Zimmerman did an awesome job holding,” Catanzaro said. “I was so proud of them.”
Catanzaro finished the day with 18 points including extra points, a feat that any kicker in the country would be happy about.
“I’m just proud of this team. I’m glad that I could get the job done for our team today.”