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Friday, September 25, 2015

Alabama Crimson Tide Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


September 24, 2015 - kicker Gunnar Raborn suspended
"back-up kicker Gunnar Raborn was arrested on Sept. 24 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked on a $1,000 bond. 'Gunnar Raborn has been suspended indefinitely,' Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement released Thursday evening. Raborn is a sophomore from Lafayette, Louisiana. In his freshman season, he played in two games, getting the start against Western Carolina, going 2-3 on field goal attempts and 9-10 on extra points." - The Crimson White

June 11, 2015 - kicker Eddy Pineiro commits
After three offers, some board shuffling and a come-out-of-nowhere performance at kicking camp on Saturday, Eddy Pineiro is the guy. The Miami (Fla.) ASA College product ended his recruitment at the tail end of its hottest week, jumping on the third offer he's seen in a five-day span.... Pineiro, who hasn't played beyond high school yet, says he may sit out the 2015 season at ASA in order to have four years to play four once enrolled at Alabama. Either way, however, he'll graduate in December and begin his career in crimson come January." - Scout

April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Adam Griffith went two for four on field goals, with kicks made from 49 yards and 21 yards, along with four made extra points. Griffith kicked all of the field goals, but sophomore walk-on kicker Gunnar Rayborn kicked the final extra point." - Hound Sports

February 1, 2015 - long snapper Ryan Parrris commits as preferred walk-on
"According to his Twitter account, Ryan Parrris from Madison, AL committed to the Tide on Sunday.... Parris was named a member of the Alabama All-Star team for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in December. A veteran of numerous camps and a student at Rubio Long Snapping, Parris boosts a 15-yard snap time of .747 seconds and stands 6-foot, 230 pounds." - Bama Hammer

January 1, 2015 - punter JK Scott excels in Sugar Bowl loss
"Freshman punter JK Scott has been living a fairy tale first season. And it continued in Thursday night’s 42-35 loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Scott averaged 55 yards on seven punts with a season-high long of 73. Three were downed inside the 20-yard line. Before that, Scott was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s best punter and been a vital part of changing field position for the top-ranked team in the country. He ranked second in the country before the game and finished with a 47-yard average on 48 punts. Scott hit 23 of 50-plus yards. There were 31 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 19 fair caught." - Montgomery Advertiser 

December 30, 2014 - kicker Adam Griffith dealing with stress fracture
"Coach Nick Saban mentioned that Griffith had some sort of injury, but wouldn’t give any details about what was ailing the redshirt sophomore kicker. During Alabama’s open media day at the Superdome, Griffith said he’s been dealing with a stress fracture in his back. While the time off since the SEC Championship Game has helped Griffith, he said he won’t be '100 percent for the game' when the Tide faces Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday. Griffith did say he will handle the kickoff and field goal responsibilities during the game. 'I’m just going to do my best to fight through the pain,' he said. '(The coaches) ask me how I feel throughout the game. If I tell them it bothers me and we’re up by three touchdowns, they tell me to go ahead and chill.' It’s a recurring injury that has bothered him since his prep days. 'It started my junior and senior year (of high school),' Griffith said Tuesday. 'I had to miss a couple of games in high school because of it. The last two years, my freshman and sophomore years of college, I didn’t have it because I didn’t kick as much. But in my first year starting, I had to kick a little more so it just came back'." - Montgomery Advertiser 

October 29, 2014 - kicker Adam Griffith update
"He made his first seven kicks overall, but hit a rough patch in recent weeks. Missing four of his next five kicks, Griffith's only attempted one field goal in the last two games. Alabama coach Nick Saban offered some insight into the situation Tuesday. 'He's got a little bit of a physical problem that I'm not going to talk about that we've had to manage, which has affected his ability to kick maybe in practice as much as he's used to,' Saban said. At Tennessee last week, Griffith became the first Alabama kicker to miss an extra point since Jeremy Shelley misfired late in the 2012 BCS Championship Game. Griffith has still kicked every field goal and extra point this season. Punter JK Scott kicked off in his place seven times this season with five of those attempts coming two weeks ago against Texas A&M. But at Tennessee, Griffith booted all six kickoffs with three touchbacks." - AL.com

October 12, 2014 - punter JK Scott inside the 20 
"It's not a stretch to say Alabama probably wouldn't have won Saturday if JK Scott didn't have the game he did. Scott was busier than he's ever been this season, and he seemed to only get better as the game unfolded. Scott averaged 44.2 yards per punt and downed seven of his eight punts inside Arkansas' 20-yard line. The only punt that didn't land inside Arkansas' 20 was booted from inside Alabama's 10-yard line. Fittingly, it was the only punt that was followed by points, as Arkansas pounced three plays later with a long go-ahead touchdown pass.... Because Scott punted eight times against Arkansas, he finally qualified for the NCAA's national rankings. He's fourth in the nation with an average of 46.7 yards per punt, but a deeper dive into the numbers reveals Scott, among the country's top 10 in average, has been the best at setting up his defense for success. Twelve of Scott's 19 punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line, good for a 63 percent rate that is easily the best among this group of 10. Only one punter in the top 10, Colorado's Darragh O'Neill, has put better than 50 percent of his punts inside the 20. Consider, again, that Scott is a true freshman. Scott's predecessor, Cody Mandell, finished his career as one of the best punters in the nation, but his freshman year was a struggle. With one more punt downed inside the 20 and one more punt booted more than 50 yards, Scott will match the totals Mandell had in each category during his entire debut season." - AL.com

October 3, 2014 - kicker Adam Griffith in rhythm
"Adam Griffith has quietly put together a consistent season kicking for the Alabama football team. Now coach Nick Saban just wants him to stay the same and don't tinker with anything. Griffith is 7-for-8 on field goals with a long of 47. The only miss was from 45 yards against Florida. He's also 21-for-21 on extra points. 'You sorta gotta stay in a rhythm, and if you get out of that rhythm, you start hooking it or slicing it or whatever,' Saban said. Saban worries that Griffith, like most kickers will mess with what's working. Griffin, however, hasn't been like that, Saban said. 'I think he has a pretty good disposition about … these are my benchmarks, these are the important things,' Saban said. 'This is what I have to do to execute. When he gets out of that a little bit, he gets right back to trying to correct it and doesn't go haywire. The other thing he seems to be able to do is stay in the right place'." - Montgomery Advertiser

August 30, 2014 - kicker Adam Griffith rebounds big in opener
"Griffith, a sophomore making his debut as the starting place-kicker, nailed all four of his field goal attempts in helping Alabama defeat West Virginia 33-23 on Saturday in the Georgia Dome. Griffith recorded his first field goal for the Tide when he connected on a 47-yarder on Alabama’s opening drive. Griffith had plenty of distance in showing a strong leg. But that was only the beginning of a big performance. Griffith also nailed a 41-yarder to end the first half and a 27-yarder near the end of the third quarter. His 45-yarder with 8:07 left in the game gave Alabama a 10-point cushion. 'When we recruited him, he was as good a kicker as we’ve ever had at a camp,' Tide head coach Nick Saban said. 'There were times last year we thought about him being the (starting) kicker. We’ve always had a lot of confidence in him'.” - Dothan Eagle

August 7, 2014 - coach discusses kicker
"Nick Saban addressed Alabama's kicking situation on Thursday, saying that sophomore kicker Adam Griffith has had a good camp thus far. 'He's doing really good. I think he missed his first field goal last night- of the whole camp. As long as he doesn't have the whole world evaluating every kick that he misses and the guy doesn't have to read the internet and go see the psychiatrist because he's getting criticized for every kick that he misses- I think he has a chance. I think he has a good chance. If he doesn't make the kick, then we have to overcome whatever we have to do as a team so that it really doesn't matter. It's not all about that. We want to support him, we want to help him, we want him to do well. He wants to do well. He's working hard and we're encouraged by the progress that he's made,' said Saban." - 247 Sports

May 4, 2014 - kicking & punting competitions
"There's no such thing as too many options, especially at a position as pivotal as kicker or punter. With question marks surrounding its specialist positions heading into the summer, Alabama has embraced that mentality, bringing in multiple players to compete with Adam Griffith at both spots. Along with freshman signee JK Scott, Alabama will have preferred walk-on Gunnar Raborn to add to the mix. Raborn, who hails from the same place (Lafayette, La.) as departing punter Cody Mandell, made his decision official shortly before A-Day.... Saban called Scott a punter at his National Signing Day press conference, but the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Denver product was also considered one of the nation's best kickers. Hoover punter Tuck Borie will also join the roster as a walk-on. Spain Park's John Pizzitola and Adrian Lamothe, who hails from Monterrey, Mexico, also worked with the team this spring." - AL.com

April 19, 2014 - A-Day game
"Nick Saban sees the talent, but he wants more consistency from Alabama kicker Adam Griffith. Griffith's performance at Saturday's A-Day game illustrated both ends of the spectrum and summed up why Saban said 'there will be competition' when JK Scott, who was initially thought to be recruited as just a punter, arrives in the fall. 'There will be competition in the fall to play the guy who has the most consistency in terms of kicking,' Saban said. 'I think statistically, we were first in the SEC in special teams and 12th in field goal percentage last year. So, we look at the stats from last year and try to improve on them this year: that's how you make goals.' Griffith went wide left on a 30-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter and saw his 40-yard attempt at the end of the first half blocked. He recovered nicely in the third when he made a 41-yard attempt with plenty to spare but faltered at the end with a missed extra point." - AL.com

April 18, 2014 - kicker/punter Gunnar Raborn
"The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder will join Alabama in the fall as a preferred walk-on. He’ll join the Crimson Tide this summer and will try to compete for one of the open kicking positions for the 2014 season.... Raborn was one of the best kickers in the state last season, if not the best. He was 7-of-9 on field goal attempts, 30-of-31 on extra-point attempts and punted 21 times for 31.8 yards per kick for the Cougars in 2013, with his longest kick at 47 yards. He also had six punts end inside the 20-yard line. Right now, Alabama has one returning kicker in sophomore Adam Griffith, who is the favorite to win the place-kicking job. But the punting spot is wide-open as the Tide finishes its spring practice schedule with its A-Day spring game today. Only one punter is on the current roster and even backup quarterback Alec Morris is taking some punting drills.... So does Raborn feel he has a shot to win the punting job in fall practice? 'I think so, but maybe not. I could get redshirted,' he said. 'But I could get the punting job'.” - The Advertiser

April 17, 2014 - spring specialists
“We really only have one kicker here,' Alabama coach Nick Saban said, referring to Griffith. 'Adam Griffith is doing really well.' Saban remarked after last year’s Iron Bowl that Griffith routinely drilled field goals from 60 yards and farther. 'He’s done a great job of kicking off,' Saban said after the first spring scrimmage. 'I think he kicked nine balls today on kickoffs, and probably five of them were out of the end zone.' As far as punters go, the Crimson Tide currently has one on roster – Adrian Lamothe from Monterrey, Mexico. Alabama recruited one of the top punters in the 2014 class, JK Scott from Denver, who could make a serious push for the starting job. 'We have a few walk-on punters that we’re working,' Saban said of the competition. 'We’ve actually even worked Alec Morris a little bit as a punter, who was a high school
punter'.” - The Crimson White


March 31, 2014 - kicker/punter Adam Griffith spring workout
"Alabama's situation at punter and kicker is about as simple as it gets this spring.
It's Adam Griffith and ... Adam Griffith. The sophomore from Calhoun, Ga., has been filling the voids left by both of Alabama's departed specialists, punter Cody Mandell and kicker Cade Foster. Help is on the way this summer, when highly touted freshman punter JK Scott arrives, but it's been all Griffith through the Crimson Tide's first five practices.... Walk-ons John Pizzitola, who kicked at Spain Park, and Adrian Lamothe, a sophomore from Monterrey, Mexico, have received some looks, too." - AL.com

March 20, 2014 - kicker Gunnar Raborn commits as preferred walk-on
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March 19, 2014 - kicker Adrian Lamothe is back
"A year ago, Alabama had a kicker from Mexico to walk-on. Adrian Lamothe is back for another go and this time the kicking picture is a bit different. With Cody Mandell and Cade Foster graduating, the possibilities are much more wide open. Sophomore Adam Griffith is his competition at place kicker and punter JK Scott joins the team this summer. Lamothe attended Monterrey Tech which often plays Texas high schools." - Roll Bama Roll

February 5, 2014 - punter/kicker JK Scott to sign
"Coach Nick Saban plans to sign JK Scott, of Denver, today, the first day of the signing period. Scott is a combo kicker, meaning he's a place-kicker as well as a punter, so he'll also compete against returning kicker Adam Griffith. 'I'm ready to jump in right away and do my part,' Scott said.... 'Getting noticed as a specialists in today's world comes from those camps,' Scott said. 'Alabama noticed me through Chris Sailer. Then they watched my film. Getting a good ranking with these camps, then performing for these people who run these camps, that's the main reason I was recruited by most of these schools.' Sailer ranked Scott, a 6-foot-5, 185-pounder, the No. 1 punter in the country (with a hang time of 4.7-4.9 seconds) and the No. 7 kicker." - Times Daily

February 3, 2014 - punter Tuck Borie to walk on
"Alabama added another name to the competition to replace punter Cody Mandell at Alabama on Monday as Hoover High School punter Tuck Borie announced via Twitter that he plans to join the Crimson Tide as a walk-on this fall. 'Proud to say that I'll be joining the Tide next year!!' Borie, a 6-foot-1, 198-pound starter for the Bucs, earned All-State honors as a punter for the 6A state champs in 2013 punting 48 times for an average of 38 yards per punt. Borie will compete with incoming scholarship punter JK Scott for the vacated starting position at Alabama this fall." - AL.com

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