Nick Saban gives status update on kicker Will Reichard
With a big game against rival Auburn coming up next weekend and needing a win to stay in the College Football Playoff picture, it would be advantageous for Alabama to have all of their players healthy and able to play. That will be far from the case with the season-ending injury to Tua Tagovailoa, but the Crimson Tide could be getting one key player back: kicker Will Reichard.
“Making progress, but I think after the last time when we thought he was making good progress and then he had a setback, I think from a medical standpoint, they’re really trying to make sure this time that he is A-OK,” Nick Saban said on Wednesday. “So, he’s done a little more each week. I don’t think he’s ready to kick right now. But we’ll just keep trying to work him in.”
Reichard has been out since suffering a hip flexor on Sept. 21 against Southern Miss. Prior to the injury, he was 4-for-7 on field goal attempts and 21-for-22 on extra point attempts while also sending kickoffs for touchbacks 22 times out of 29 tries.
Joseph Bulovas has filled in for Reichard, making 6-of-8 field goal tries and 39-of-41 extra points.