A Farewell to Will Reichard
Alabama has had a troubling history of unreliable kickers over the course of the Saban era. Just when Alabama fans everywhere believed that the kicking position for the Tide was eternally cursed, Will Reichard shocked the world by becoming one of the best kickers the program had ever seen. After four years of service, Reichard announced that he would be declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft after the Sugar Bowl.
Reichard started his career at Alabama in 2019 where he only attempted 7 field goals and made 4 of them. While the Hoover native appeared to be following the trend of the previous Crimson Tide kickers, everybody's opinions of Reichard changed when he finished the 2020 season with 100% accuracy, helping Alabama win the CFP National Championship with an undefeated season, the second under Nick Saban.
Reichard's success continued in 2021 where he made 22-of-28 attempted field goals for the season, eight coming from 40 yards or longer. The final season for Reichard in 2022 saw him making 21-of-25 field goals with three of them being from 50 yards or more. Throughout his career, Reichard made 234-out-236 attempted extra points and 417 points in total. His final points were scored in the 2022 Sugar Bowl, where Alabama won 45-20.
While it was previously announced that Reichard would possibly return for another year with the Tide, he spoke to his friends and family and decided that he should go ahead and go pro in an interview with 247Sports's Charlie Potter.
“I definitely did think about it, coming back or leaving, I wasn’t sure for a really long time, and then after talking to my friends and family and some people that I trust, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.”
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