Will Reichard will speak on the scoring program, potentially the last Iron Bowl

Tuscaloosa, Ala. Will Richard sticks to his routine.

When the ball leaves his foot, regardless of whether he does it or misses it, his mind is on the next kick. His mentality led Richard to become one of Alabama’s most successful players and against LSU, he worked his way into the record books, becoming Alabama’s all-time leading scorer with 388 points.

“It sure means a lot,” said Richard. “It was definitely a goal for me, but it’s not just a testament to me. There are a lot of guys who have helped me, and that certainly has led me to success. It’s not just a accolade for me, it’s a accolade for anyone who caught or cut it for me.”

Against the Tigers Reichard surpassed Leigh Tiffin’s mark of 385 from 2006-09 en route to a 4-for-4 day, including all three marks of 35 yards or more. Reichard is now 21-for-25 in field goals this season, making the 84% of his kicks the third-best in the SEC.

It was a comeback for Richard who faltered in 2021 hitting just 78% of his kicks after a streakless season the previous year.

Because of his short-term mentality and flexibility, Richard has received high praise from Nick Saban.

“I think Will was amazing,” Saban said. “I’ve been coaching for a long time and I know he’s been perfect for two seasons all year, in terms of field goals and extra points. Every time he kicks. He’s done a really good job for us this year. I know he’s missed a couple but they’ve been long, they’ve been tough.

“But he’s been very consistent. He’s very consistent in practice. He’s very consistent in his routine. He has the right mentality to not get upset in situations and he’s very competitive. I absolutely love this guy. As a specialist. Sometimes your specialists are a little bit different. He’s just exceptional.”

Richard will have another chance to boost his already impressive point numbers against competition he knows well.

As a native of Hoover, Alabama, Richard has seen firsthand how truly divisive the rivalry is for people in the state.

“I grew up in Alabama, so I know how big it is,” said Richard. “You have everyone at Alabama. I think our whole team knows how important it is to our fans but it’s also very important to us. I’m really excited. We’re really excited to go out there and play and try to win.”

With Saturday also being the team’s first day, it will likely be the last game Reichard will fit in for the Crimson Tide. When asked if Saturday would be the last Iron Bowl, the player hunched over as if he was on the field.

“We still have an Iron Bowl and then a bowl game,” said Richard. “He’s nowhere close to my mind at the moment. I’m focused on doing what I can to help our team win this week.”

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