Minnesota sophomore Emmit Carpenter was named the Big Ten’s Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year today. Carpenter is the first Gopher to be honored with this award and is the first Minnesota player to receive an individual award since Peter Mortell (punter of the year) and Maxx Williams (tight end of the year) were recognized in 2014.
Carpenter was also named All-Big Ten First Team by the media who cover the league and All-Big Ten Second Team by Big Ten coaches. He made 21-of-23 field goals this season and 41 extra point attempts. His 21 field goals were tied for first in the Big Ten with Penn State’s Tyler Davis and tied for seventh in the nation.
Carpenter has scored 104 points this season, which ranks second all-time for Minnesota kicker behind Dan Nystrom who tallied 109 points in 2000. His 104 points also ranks third all-time for any Gopher behind Gary Russell (114 points in 2005) and Nystrom.
Carpenter was a perfect 9-of-9 on field goals from 40 yards or greater this year, as he was 7-of-7 from 40-49 yards and 2-of-2 from 50-plus yards. The only other kicker in the nation (minimum five kicks) who was perfect from 40-plus yards was Harrison Butker from Georgia Tech. Butker was 6-of-6 from 40-plus yards, but did not attempt a field goal from 50 yards or more.
Carpenter, who was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, never attempted a field goal before this season and then promptly made his first nine field goals to start the year. Carpenter will play in Minnesota’s upcoming bowl game having made his last 11 field goals, which is the fourth longest streak in school history. His 21 made field goals places him second in school history behind Nystrom, who made 25 in 2000.
Carpenter has not had many chip shots. His shortest field goal was from 19 yards and he had one from 21, 24 and he has made three from 28 yards. His other 15 field goals have been 30 yards or greater and nine of his field goals have been 42 yards or greater.
In addition to distance, Carpenter has been put in pressure situations as well. Nine of his field goals have come at the end of a half, game or in overtime, which included a game-winning 28-yarder with six seconds left against Rutgers. His misses this year are from 34 and 36 yards.
Carpenter made four field goals at Penn State to become only the fifth Gopher to make four or more field goals on the road. Adam Bailey made five at Penn State in 1997, while Brent Berglund made four at Purdue in 1990. Jim Gallery made four on the road in consecutive weeks at Indiana and Iowa in 1981.
Carpenter also kicked his way into history against Indiana State when he connected from 42, 44 and 45 yards. He became the only kicker in Gopher history to make three 40+ field goals in one game.
Carpenter made three field goals against Purdue, including kicks from 53 and 52 yards, which were the third and tied for fourth longest field goals outside for a Minnesota kicker. The 53-yarder is a career high and is tied for the seventh-longest in program history and is the longest since Joel Monroe’s 54-yarder at Iowa in 2007. Carpenter is the second Minnesota kicker with two 50-yarders in a game in school history, as Bailey connected from 52 and 50 yards versus Penn State in 1997.
Minnesota Players Who Have Scored More Than 100 Points In A Season
Gary Russell, 2005 season, 114 points (19 TDs)
Dan Nystrom, 2000 season, 109 points (25 FGs, 34 PATs)
Emmit Carpenter, 2016 season, 104 points (21 FGs, 41 PATs)
Marion Barber III, 2003 season, 102 points (17 TDs)
Dan Nystrom, 2002 season, 102 points (20 FGs, 42 PATs)
Rhys Lloyd, 2003 season, 101 points (14 FGs, 59 PATs)
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