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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alabama Crimson Tide 2013 Specialists


Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

8/20/13 kicking update:
"Cade Foster and Adam Griffith are in competition for place-kicking duties. Both need more consistency, coach Nick Saban said, but he likes what both can accomplish. Foster hit all four of his field goal attempts with one long one in the first scrimmage of camp, and Griffith was 4-for-6 with the ones missed from long distance. 'They’ve done a really good job,' Saban said. 'They’ve been a little more consistent on kickoff, but I’ve been pleased with both of them, and I think both are very capable'."
Kicker: Cade Foster, senior (Southlake, TX / Southlake Carroll HS)
"Foster handled the long field-goal attempts and the kickoffs each of the past three seasons. He's back for his senior season, and he's been competing this spring with Adam Griffith, who was redshirted last season. How has the competition been this spring between Foster and Griffith? 'I think both guys have done a good job,' Alabama coach Nick Saban said. 'Both guys have had a good spring. We gave them a lot of opportunities, because when we are evaluating guys, we always try to give them a lot of opportunities.' Saban isn't sure who will kick in the fall. It's possible they could share the position. 'We probably won't make that decision until sometime late in fall camp,' he said. 'Both guys are capable, so we have no problem and we have every confidence in both guys to do it. But if we think a combination of those guys would make us better, that's what we'll do'."
Kicker: Adam Griffith, freshman (Calhoun, GA / Calhoun HS)
High school: Ranked as the nation's No. 1 place-kicker by 247sports.com and Scout.com ... Rivals.com rates Griffin as the No. 2 kicker nationally ... a consensus three-star recruit
"I've been running and working out with the team. My goals are to get the starting job and get more consistent on field goals so I can help my team win football games."
Punter: Cody Mandell, senior (Lafayette, LA / Acadiana)
Spring Game: Mandell punted seven times, averaging 48.3 yards per punt. Three of Mandell's punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
This coming season will mark the fourth and final turn as Alabama's starting punter for Mandell, who has held the job ever since walking on as a freshman in 2010. Last season was his best, as he averaged 43.8 yards per punt and pinned 19 punts inside the 20-yard line.
8/20/13 update: "Mandell has a lock on punter. He refined his skills and is ready for his fourth season as the starter. He punted eight times for 334 yards in Saturday’s scrimmage. That’s an average of 41.8 yards, and he hit a long of 52 yards. 'I’ve been working in the offseason on technique and form, and getting back to the optimal hang time, working on one or two little things,' Mandell said.... 'A big thing for me is I’m trying to fail better,' Mandell said. 'I know that sounds off, but as a punter you are not always going to hit your best kick. I’ve been trying to have my worst ball be decent enough to be playable. That’s the biggest thing for me — fail better'.”
Punter: Adrian Lamothe, freshman (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico / Monterrey Tech)
"The Mexican punter has been on Nick Saban's radar for some time, accepting an opportunity to walk on to the football team this fall in the process. 'I've gotta keep training hard,' he added. 'I've been told that I should be there by August 15. I feel that I've reached a higher level where I need to work harder each day, it's a new goal. I've been training daily here in Monterrey (Mexico). Weights in the morning and punting in the afternoon.... I just hope that I can give a great impression with the coaches and I'm hoping to learn a lot from Cody Mandell when I get there,' said Lamothe."
Long snapper: MK Taylor, junior (Oxford, AL / Oxford HS)
"With Carson Tinker gone, Alabama needs a new long snapper. Cole Mazza won’t be on campus until the fall, so for now, the long snapper question boils down to M.K. Taylor vs. Alex Harrelson."
Long snapper: Alex Harrelson, sophomore (Vestavia Hills, AL / Vestavia Hills)
"I've been working out and running with the team since we started our summer program in late May. I want to continue to get stronger and be ready to fight for the starting job in August."
Long Snapper: Cole Mazza, freshman (Bakersfield, CA / Liberty HS)
High school: nation's No. 1 long snapper by 247Sports.com and the No. 1 long snapper nationally in the 247Composite ... ESPN ranked him the No. 3 long snapper in the country ... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 11 snapper
"I've been lifting hard and snapping a four days a week. I've been training to start in the fall for 'Bama as a true freshman."

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