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Alabama kicker wins SEC Special Teams Player of the Year

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He anticipates becoming the first University of Alabama kicker to win the Lou Groza Award, but Will Reichard has picked up a few honors since the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.

The fifth-year senior from Hoover (Ala.) High School won SEC’s Special Teams Player of the Year.

An announcement came Wednesday from the league’s coaches. Reichard also made first-team All-SEC as a placekicker and second-team All-SEC as a kickoff specialist. He has turned in an incredible career for the Crimson Tide, including a perfect season on field goals (14-for-14) and extra points (84-for-84) in 2020. Reichard assisted the Tide to an SEC Championship and a College Football Playoff National Championship that year. He’s made 20 of 23 field goals (87 percent) and all 53 extra points this year.

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Reichard is the NCAA’s all-time career leader for points (539). 

Will Reichard, SEC Special Teams Player of the Year

  • One of the most reliable placekickers in college football history
  • The NCAA’s career points leader with 539 thanks to 82 field goals and 293 PATs
  • Accumulated 113 points in his final season on 20-of-23 field goals and 53 PATs in as many tries
  • Also punted four times for 165 yards while adding 82 kickoffs, 47 of which went for a touchback

Reichard looks forward to kicking for the Tide in the CFP Semifinal matchup against Michigan at the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

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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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