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Art Carmody, K

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 177 | College: Louisville
 
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Overview

Aptly nicknamed "Art-o-matic" by his coaches and teammates, Carmody's consistency on field goals and placements saw him end his career as the NCAA's kick scoring record holder with 433 points. The holder of virtually every school kicking record, he also holds the college football career record by being successful on 95.45 percent of his overall kicks (255-of-257 PATs, 60-of-73 field goals) during his time with the Cardinals.

While small in stature, Carmody stands tall on the football field, having scored in each of the 49 games he played in. Only Mason Crosby of Colorado (50, 2003-06) and Billy Bennett of Georgia (50, 2000-03) stood ahead of the Louisville kicker in that category in NCAA annals.

Carmody was a two-time All-District and All-City kicker at Loyola College Prep. He made 8-of-11 field goals as a senior, including a 45-yarder, and was a perfect 28-of-28 on extra points, earning All-State honors that year. He went 10-1 as a pitcher on the baseball team and batted .400 with 37 runs batted in as a junior, picking up All-State and two-time All-City accolades in baseball.

After having his first collegiate field goal try vs. Kentucky blocked at Louisville in 2004, he went on to set the NCAA, Big East Conference and school record for consecutive extra points made with 77 and went 12-of-15 on field-goal attempts. Carmody ranked second in the nation in scoring amongst kickers, finishing with 113 points as a true freshman.

In 2005, Carmody ranked third in the Big East by making 14-of-16 field goals and also placed third in the league in scoring with 105 points, making 63-of-65 PATs in the process. He was good on all five field-goal tries from 40 yards or longer. He also kicked off 28 times for a distance average of 61.4 yards, with four resulting in touchbacks.

As a junior, Carmody was named All-Big East Conference first-team, adding All-American honors while capturing the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top place-kicker. He ranked fourth in the nation in scoring among all players with 123 points and finished fifth nationally by connecting on 21-of-25 field goals. He was also successful on all 60 extra point attempts.

A bulging disc in his back hampered Carmody during the 2007 preseason and carried over into the regular schedule. He made just 13-of-17 field goals and all 53 conversions. His 92 points scored was the lowest season output for his career.

In 49 games at Louisville, the NCAA's kick scoring record-holder amassed 433 points on 60-of-73 field goals (82.19 percent) and 255-of-257 PATs (99.22 percent). He made an NCAA record 95.45 percent of his total kicks (315-of-330). He also kicked off 32 times for an average distance of 60.9 yards, with five attempts that were ruled touchbacks and one other that went out of bounds.

Analysis

Positives: Despite his size, this left-footed kicker has excellent accuracy and good leg strength (untested on long-range field goals, though) … Extremely accurate and level-headed player who is never rattled in pressure situations … Gets good leg extension and follow-through, showing the balance and hip flexibility to drive through the ball, but needs to pick up the pace in his approach to prevent potential blocked kicks at the next level …

Thrives on pressure, having ice water running through his veins, but has just one game-winning kick to his credit … Excels in the classroom and is a hard worker with no off-field issues … Generates good initial explosion behind his kicks, getting excellent height and trajectory, as most of his kicks simply sail over the cross bar … Before 2007 (possible back issue), he averaged 1.38 seconds on field goals (quickness of kick average was 1.47 seconds in 2007) … Gets good rise on the ball once it leaves his foot, generally seeing his placements attain very good height to easily go over the cross bar (four of his five blocked kicks during his career were due to protection breakdowns) … Has enough leg power and position skills to kick in poor weather conditions … Maintains concentration when approaching the ball and is never distracted.

Negatives: Demonstrates excellent accuracy and good leg strength for field goals, but does not have a strong enough leg to handle kickoff chores, having been relieved of that duty in each of his four seasons with the team … Lacked power behind his kicks as a senior (possible residual from an off-season bulging disc in his back) … That loss of leg strength might warrant further medical evaluation of his back … Has an under-developed, frail-looking frame, making him a liability as a tackler on the coverage unit … Will never be a threat to run with the ball on fake field goal/PAT attempts, as he lacks quickness or a balanced running stride … Takes a bit of a deliberate approach to the ball and will have to hasten it to play at the next level, in order to prevent his kicks from potentially being blocked … His inability as a kickoff specialist will force a team to either sacrifice field position or a roster spot for another kicker to handle those chores … Despite his leg strength, he is really untested as a long-range kicker, as has attempted just two field goals from 50 yards or longer during his career.

Compares To: DAVID AKERS-Philadelphia … Coincidentally, Carmody spends his offseason training with Akers. He is nowhere near the kickoff artist that the Eagle is, but he has the same approach on all his other kicking duties. He is not a typical kicker who needs special treatment, and despite his size will work out with teammates in the training room. His accuracy is evident by his record-breaking scoring, but you just wish that he attempted more long-range field goals to get a true test of his leg strength, which is not obvious on kickoffs.

Career Notes

Carmody's 433 points scored broke the old major college kick scoring career record of 423 points by Roman Anderson of Houston (1981-91), as it also surpassed the previous Big East Conference all-time record of 371 points by Shayne Graham of Virginia Tech (1996-99) and the old school record of 275 points by Nate Smith (2000-03) … His 257 extra point attempts topped the old NCAA career-record of 233 by Shaun Suisham of Bowling Green (2001-04) while his 250 PATs made bettered Suisham's previous NCAA record of 226 … Holds the NCAA single-season record with 77 consecutive extra point attempts made in 2004 … His percentage of 95.45 percent of his total kicks made (315-of-330) broke the old NCAA all-time record of 93.3 (195-of-219) by John Lee of UCLA (1982-85) … Ranks third in Big East Conference annals with a school record 60 field goals made, topped on the league record books by Jeremy Ito of Rutgers (80, 2004-07) and Graham (68, 1996-99) … His 255 extra points made shattered the previous Big East record of 190 by Carter Warley of Virginia Tech (2000-03) … His 60 field goals made topped the old school all-time record of 44 by Nate Smith (2000-03) while his 255 PATs made broke Smith's old Louisville record of 143 … His 21 field goals made in 2006 rank fourth on the Big East season record charts behind Sandro Sciortino of Boston College (23 in 2002) and Ito (23 in 2007, 22 in 2006) … His 123 points scored in 2006 is a Big East single-season record for kickers, breaking the previous mark of 119 points by Todd Sievers of Miami in 2001 (Ito scored 120 points in 2007) … Is the only kicker in school history to score 100 or more points in a season, accomplishing that feat in each of his first three years with the Cardinals (113 in 2004, 105 in 2006, 123 in 2007) … His 21 field goals in 2006 shattered the previous school single-season record of 15 by Ron Bell in 1989.

2007 Season

All-Big East Conference first-team selection … Bothered by a bulging disc in his back during the off-season, he still managed to score 92 points on 13-of-17 field goals (76.47%) and all 53 extra point attempts … Made 3-of-6 field goals from 40 yards or longer … Had two of his field goal attempts blocked … Handled one kickoff for 60 yards.

2007 Game Analysis

Murray State … Opened the season in explosive fashion, tying his own school game-record with ten PATs, adding a 44-yard field goal in the fourth quarter … Record Watch-His ten conversions matched the record he set vs. Cincinnati in 2004 … It also matched the Big East game-record that he now shares with Nate Trout of Syracuse (vs. Rutgers in 1998) and Brenden Rauh of West Virginia (vs. Rutgers in 2001).

Middle Tennessee … Scored sixteen points on seven conversions and field goals of 31, 30 and 30 yards.

Kentucky … Missed on a 52-yard field goal try, but made four PATs.

Syracuse … Followed with five extra points.

North Carolina State … Had a pair of PATs and made three of four field goals for distances of 27, 42 and 30 yards (missed on a 39-yarder).

Utah … Added five conversions.

Cincinnati … Missed on a 44-yard field goal while delivering on four PATs.

Connecticut … Added a 23-yard field goal and two PATs.

Pittsburgh … Hit on three extra points and a 19-yard field goal, but was wide on a 47-yard three-point try.

West Virginia … Produced four conversions and a 37-yard field goal.

South Florida … Had a 32-yard field goal and a pair of extra points.

Rutgers … Closed out his career with five PATs and two field goals, a 41-yarder in the first half and a game-winning 33-yarder with 0:20 left in the game for a 41-38 decision.

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, earning second-team accolades from the Associated Press and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated … First-team All-Big East Conference pick … Winner of the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top place-kicker … Scored a career-high 123 points (school single-season record for kickers), as he connected on a school record 21-of-25 field goals (84%) and all 60 extra point attempts … Ranked fifth in the nation in field goals made, averaging 1.62 per game … Finished fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 9.46 points per game … Had one field goal attempt blocked and kicked off once for 52 yards.

2006 Game Analysis

Kentucky … Scored eleven points in the season opener, making eight PATs and a 32-yard field goal, but missed on a 38-yard try.

Temple … Added eight more extra points and field goals of 23 and 51 yards (51-yarder was a career-long).

Miami … Had four conversions and a 22-yard field goal.

Kansas State … Kicked a 25-yarder and three PATs.

Middle Tennessee … Produced fourteen points on five conversions and field goals of 31, 24 and 20 yards.

Cincinnati … Had another three field goals for distances of 32, 42 and 35 yards, adding two extra points.

West Virginia … Pushed through five PATs and field goals of 39, 25 and 18 yards, earning Big East Player of the Week honors.

Rutgers … Followed with a 39-yarder and two PATs.

South Florida … Kicked a 47-yarder to go along with four extra points.

Pittsburgh … Missed on a 32-yard field goal, but made 39 and 42-yarders, along with six conversions.

Connecticut … Was wide on a 38-yarder, but had 37 and 22-yard field goals and three PATs, as one other was blocked.

Wake Forest (Orange Bowl) … Failed on a 32-yard three-point try, but connected on a 41-yarder to go along with three extra points.

2005 Season

Scored 105 points, making 14-of-16 field goals (87.5%) and 63-of-65 extra point attempts (96.9%) … Made all five field goal tries from 40 yards or longer … Did not have any three-point attempts blocked … Kicked off 28 times for an average distance of 61.4 yards with four touchbacks.

2005 Game Analysis

Kicked nine PATs vs. Oregon State and had field goals of 24 and 40 yards in the Florida Atlantic clash … Added 20 and 42-yarders with nine conversions vs. North Carolina … Had 46, 47, 32 and 36-yard field goals, adding four extra points vs. Pittsburgh … Added 23 and 44-yarders along with five conversions vs. Syracuse … Connected on a 35-yard field goal and three PATs vs. Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

2004 Season

Holds the NCAA, Big East Conference and school record for consecutive points-after-touchdown with 77 and went 12-of-15 on field goal attempts, as he ranked second in the nation in scoring amongst kickers with 113 points … Had two three-point tries blocked and kicked off twice for an average distance of 62.5 yards, but one rolled out of bounds.

2004 Game Analysis

His first career field goal was a 28-yarder vs. Army … Added 24 and 34-yarders vs. North Carolina … Had ten conversions vs. Cincinnati … Kicked a 42-yard field goal vs. East Carolina … Added 37 and 34-yarders in the South Florida clash … Followed with 31 and 22-yard three-pointers vs. Texas Christian … Made field goals of 30 and 33 yards vs. Tulane … Kicked a 19-yarder vs. Boise State in the Liberty Bowl.

2003 Season

Redshirted.

Injury Report

2007: Bothered during preseason drills with a bulging disc in his back.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.21 in the 40-yard dash … 215-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 13 times … 275-pound back squat … 186-pound hang clean … 21.5-inch vertical jump … 29 3/8-inch arm length … 7 3/4-inch hands … Left-handed … Left-footed kicker … 32/43 Wonderlic score.

Combine: Measured in at 5:08.5, 177 pounds.

High School

Attended Loyola College (Shreveport, La.) Prep, playing football for head coach Johnny LeBlanc … Two-time All-District and All-City kicker … Converted 8-of-11 field goals as a senior, including a 45-yarder, and was a perfect 28-of-28 on extra points, earning All-State honors that year … Went 10-1 as a pitcher on the baseball team and batted .400 with 37 runs batted in as a junior, picking up All-State and two-time All-City accolades on the baseball diamond.

Personal

Finance major … Son of Jacquie and Art Carmody … Born 4/07/84 … Resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.

 
 
 

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