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Alabama kicker Will Reichard may return for fifth season in 2023

Alabama PK Will Reichard (#16) kicks a field goal against Utah State
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Alabama football could have its all time scoring leader back for a fifth season.

Will Reichard has served as one of Nick Saban’s most consistent specialists for the Crimson Tide. He arrived as a three-star from Hoover (Ala.) High School in the 2019 class, but Reichard possesses a five-star leg. He became an unsung hero behind Alabama’s undefeated College Football Playoff National Championship season in 2020. A Coronavirus pandemic could not stop Reichard from perfection. He made all 14 field goals — including a 52-yarder versus Georgia — and all 84 PAT attempts. After making nearly 80 percent (78.6) of his kicks in 2021, Reichard connected on 21 of 25 field goals (84%)  and all 51 PATs this season.

He has been nominated for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding kicker. 

Reichard does have a COVID-19 waiver he can use to return for 2023. He did not mention in Tuesday’s presser if he will use it, but Alabama fans would love to have him back for another season. Jack Martin, Reichard’s backup, recently entered the NCAA transfer portal. Martin transferred from Troy University and has two years of eligibility left. Saban’s confidence in Reichard has grown since his freshman year. He’s proven to the program that he can any kick, regardless of the pressure of the moment.

Reichard is focused on winning the Iron Bowl on Saturday against Auburn.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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