Alabama football kicker Joseph Bulovas to transfer to Vanderbilt
A former Alabama football kicker is heading to Vanderbilt to boost the Commodores' thin depth chart at kicker.
Joseph Bulovas announced via Twitter he has committed to Vanderbilt as a graduate transfer, with two years of eligibility remaining. Bulovas, a 6-foot, 215-pounder from Mandeville, Louisiana, converted a combined 20 of 27 field goal kicks in 2018 and 2019.
However, Will Reichard assumed kicking duties for Alabama in 2020.
Bulovas entered the NCAA transfer portal Jan. 14.
Bulovas ended his last SEC game in the 2019 Iron Bowl against Auburn by missing the potential tying field goal with just over two minutes to play.
He now joins a Vanderbilt platoon that had trouble keeping kickers in the lineup in 2020.
Oren Milstein, who joined Vanderbilt as a graduate transfer from Columbia, opted out of last season due to COVID-19 concerns. Milstein is on the 2021 roster, but it is unclear if he plans to play this season.
Javan Rice, a 2018 signee, did not play last season for unspecified reasons. He also remains on the roster.
Walk-on Pierson Cooke served as the primary kicker, making 4 of 9 field goals and 9 of 9 extra-point kicks.
Wes Farley, a former high school soccer player, had never played in a football game before walking on at Vanderbilt. He temporarily replaced Cooke to make six extra-point kicks.
When all kickers were unavailable due to COVID-19 late in the season, Vanderbilt women's soccer goalkeeper Sarah Fuller filled in. She became the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game and made both extra-point kicks against Tennessee in the season finale.
Adam Sparks contributed to this report.
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