Despite being the NCAA All-Time points leader Alabama Football kicker Will Reichard will not be awarded the Lou Groza award for the Nation’s top kicker. Reichard lost to Miami of Ohio Kicker Graham Nicholson who went 26/27 on field goals, 35/36 on extra points, and had a season-long of 52 yards. Reichard finished the season 20/23 on field goals, 53/53 on extra points, with a season-long of 51 yards.
Graham Nicholson is absolutely deserving of such an honor however, the all-time points leader in the history of the sport never winning the award for the best at his position is a travesty. Reichard has been incredibly clutch in his five seasons for the Alabama Football team kicking big kicks in important games on the way to three SEC Championships and a National Championship. The Alabama Football team got extra motivation Friday night as they found out they didn’t win the Heisman, Groza, Thorpe, Nagurski, Hendricks, Broyles, or Coach of the Year awards.
Alabama Football: Using the NCAA Awards as added motivation
Going into a playoff game against the top-ranked Michigan Wolverines should be all the motivation needed however, extra motivation never hurt anyone. Kool-Aid Mckinstry and Terrion Arnold will play this game knowing they weren’t named the top defensive back in the country. As will Dallas Turner for pass rushers, Will Reichard for Kickers, Tommy Rees for assistant coaches, and even Nick Saban as a head coach. The bulletin board in the Alabama Football facility is starting to fill up as this team continues to accumulate naysayers along its journey to the playoffs. The Alabama Football team also didn’t have a first-team All-American for the first time since 2019 with JC Latham, Dallas Turner, and Kool-Aid Mckinstry being named to the second team. This Alabama Football team has been doubted since the beginning of the season and they’re now two wins away from showing the entire country that they were wrong about Alabama Football.
Note: Midseason Awards via USA Today