Alabama freshman kicker signee a finalist for Chris Sailer honor
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Alabama returns veteran placekicker Will Reichard for a fifth season, but it may have signed another elite specialist.
Connor Talty arrives in this freshman class as a three-star from Chicago, Ill.
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He excelled as a kicker and punt at St. Rita High School, but Talty will handle the Crimson Tide’s kicking duties after Reichard departs. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder was one of the highest-rated prospects from Chris Sailer’s Kicking and Punting Camp.
He placed as the No. 2 kicker in the nation from the camp and made 17 of 21 field goals in his senior season at Rita, including a 51-yard attempt. He made 36 PAT tries, earning him recognition as a finalist for the 2022 Chris Sailer Award.
Congratulations to your Three 2022 Chris Sailer Award Finalists @IanSanches04 @ctalty31 & @MartinConningt4. Another amazing year of High School Football. The winner will be announced January 14 at Vegas XLI. Stay tuned… #SailerAward pic.twitter.com/iDlrHeSH1c
— Chris Sailer Kicking (@Chris_Sailer) January 6, 2023
The winner of the award will be announced on Jan. 14.
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