Optimism for placekicking has been been a rarity for the University of Alabama football team in recent years, but it has some right now.
Joseph Bulovas, kicking in the place of injured freshman Will Reichard, made both field goal against Arkansas, converting from 31 and 30 yards. Bulovas also handled kickoff duties and impressed UA coach Nick Saban there, too.
“Joe probably kicked as well in this last game, when you look at the whole body of work,” Saban said. “He hit the ball well, got it up quickly on extra points, field goals. Kicked off with good direction and did what we asked him to do in that regard. We’re encouraged that he is doing well and hopefully his confidence will continue to improve.”
As for Reichard, Saban said the hip flexor injury has been a, “frustrating,” one. Reichard and UA were careful with the injury in the beginning, keeping him out of the Ole Miss and the Texas A&M games, plus the open week in between. Kicking was still bothering Reichard going into the Tennessee game, but punting was not, so Reichard attempted to punt against the Volunteers just to aggravate the injury in one attempt.
“We’re going to be really cautious with how we bring him back this time around,” Saban said.
Bulletin board material
LSU was mere minutes after winning a top 25 showdown in Tiger Stadium, beating then-No. 9 Auburn 23-20, a win that ultimately catapult LSU to No. 1 in the AP Poll.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s message for his team after the game: watch what you say.
“Immediately after the Auburn victory, I talked to our team about trying to win the game on the Twitter machine,” Orgeron said on the SEC teleconference. “We don’t need to do any talking, you do your talking when the ball is snapped. I tell them that; now, some of them are going to say some things that are going to be underlined, they’re very competitive over there, but we don’t want to give any bulletin board material.
“Some of those things are out of our control: what they do on the Twitter machine, that’s their own personal time, but hopefully they’ll protect the team and protect them, too.”
LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson said after the game, according to The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, “We’re going to dominate. I mean, there’s nothing much to it. I mean, we owe them. So, we’re going to get to it.
“We’re going to come for their heads. I mean, we’re going to do what we need to do. We’re excited to go against them and want to come out with a win.”
Click here for the full practice report, which has since been updated with a quote from Saban about Tua Tagovailoa‘s absence in the media viewing period.
Checking on Delpit
LSU’s Grant Delpit may have been the nation’s best defensive back last season. He was a unanimous All-American last season and plays a pivotal role once more this season.
Delpit rolled his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Auburn game.
“I feel like Grant Delpit’s going to ready. It’s going to be close,” Orgeron said. “I don’t know how much he’s going to practice this week or next week, but I do feel like he’s going to be game-time ready.”
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