RALEIGH — Christopher Dunn wears a relaxed expression to go along with his relaxed outfit — a black Holiday Bowl sweatshirt and sweats — while examining the new pool table in the NC State football facility on Wednesday afternoon.
That expression changes when he discusses the worst night of his college football career.
On Sept. 25, 2021, the NC State football kicker missed three field goals during a 27-21 double-overtime home win over Clemson, including a 39-yard attempt that would’ve won the game at the end of regulation. While his team celebrated, Dunn received death threats and was forced to delete his social media accounts.
“I had to take a long, hard look in the mirror and evaluate what I was doing and what I needed to change to be successful,” Dunn told the USA TODAY Network this week. “(The game against Clemson) was my lowest point. But it was also, my starting point.”
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Over the past year, Dunn has changed his diet and workout routine, gotten lighter pads and a new style of cleats. During the summer, he attended several kicking camps across the country and rebuilt his kicking swing from the ground up.
“Football is a…