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Examining Will Reichard's Alabama football records, and how his legend can grow in 2023

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

The name of kicker Will Reichard has filled the Alabama football record book. There aren't many areas in the kicking section in which his name doesn't appear.

Which is why, when he accepted his Senior Bowl invite, it made sense. Reichard had accomplished plenty.

The expectation that 2022 would be his last season extended even to Saturday. Sitting in his locker after the Sugar Bowl, he talked about what's next.

"I’ve got the Senior Bowl coming up I’ll be training for," Reichard told The Tuscaloosa News that day. "Not really thinking about that right now. Just want to enjoy my last day with all my teammates."

By Tuesday, he had changed his plans. He's coming back for one more season, he announced.

"After much prayer and guidance, I realized that I wasn't ready to step away from Alabama football and the college experience," Reichard wrote. "I have decided to take advantage of my final year of eligibility and tee it up with my Crimson Tide teammates one more time in 2023."

No records are safe. By the time the 2023 season ends, the Hoover native could hold virtually all of them.

Here's a look at the records he already owns and what he could still accomplish.

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The all-time points leader

Before the 2022 season was over, Reichard had the most points from one player in program history. He passed Leigh Tiffin (385) in November, and Reichard now sits at 426 points. He's only going to add to that lead in 2023.

"It’s something I’m very proud of, and there’s a lot of people I can credit for that," Reichard said. "Anyone who has ever snapped or held for me and blocked for me. They made a difference and made my job a lot easier."

Reichard also owns the records for most kicking points in a career and most kicking points in a season: 137 in 2021.

Field-goal success

Of the seven Alabama kickers with the most field goals all time, Reichard has the best success rate.

He has converted on 83% of field-goal attempts, making 62 of 75 kicks.

Jeremy Shelley is the next closest. He went 44-for-55 (80%). No other kicker in that group has crossed that 80% threshold. The next closest is Tiffin (75%).

Reichard also is the only kicker in the Nick Saban era to kick a game-winning field goal, defined in Alabama's record book as a field goal with five or fewer minutes left in the fourth quarter. Reichard kicked the game-winner against Texas in September; the previous one was Jamie Christensen vs. Texas Tech on Jan. 2, 2006.

Extra-point records

Reichard has the program record for most extra points in a season (2020) when he hit all 84 he attempted. He also has the most extra points for a career with 240. Adam Griffith had 186. Reichard has only missed two extra-point attempts over four seasons.

Those 84 extra points were part of a perfect kicking season in 2020 as he also made all 14 field goals he attempted.

“Will has been a consistent performer for us for several years now," Saban said in September. "I mean, I’ve never been around a guy that had a perfect season as a kicker."

Program records he can still chase

If Reichard kicks 22 field goals again in 2023, he will own the program record for most field goals in a career. Tiffin had 84 in 111 attempts from 2006-09.

Reichard also does not hold the record for longest field goal. Van Tiffin does at 57 yards vs. Texas A&M on Sept. 14, 1985. Reichard's career long is 52 yards, which he hit both in 2020 and 2022.

Reichard also does not own the program record for most points by kicking in a game, most extra points in a game, most field goals in a game and most field goals in a season. Those are dictated by how good the offense is on any given day, though.

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News/USA TODAY Network. Reach him via email: nkelly@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly.