Alabama kicker Will Reichard attempts a field goal. Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide place kicker Will Reichard (16) misses a field goal attempt against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide have had a number of excellent players come through their program over the years. Perhaps none has been better at the kicker position than senior Will Reichard, who made his decision regarding the upcoming NFL Draft on Tuesday.

Despite having one more year of eligibility, Reichard decided on Tuesday to forgo his final college season and enter the 2023 NFL Draft after the team’s Sugar Bowl game against Kansas State, according to Charlie Potter of 247 Sports.

Reichard has been extremely impactful during his time at Alabama, becoming the program’s record-holder this season for career points with 417 over his four years at the school.

The long-time kicker detailed to Potter that while it was a tough decision to leave Alabama, he ultimately made the decision after talking it over with family and friends.

“I definitely did think about it, coming back or leaving,” said Reichard. “I wasn’t sure for a really long time, and then after talking to my friends and family and some people that I trust, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.”

This season didn’t ultimately go the way Reichard or Alabama had hoped, and that ultimately was due to a rare miscue from the normally reliable kicker.

Reichard famously had a chance to potentially win the game for Alabama against Tennessee earlier in the year, but missed a 50-yard kick late in the fourth quarter, resulting in Alabama’s first and potentially most impactful loss on the year.

This miss will always be engrained into the heads of Alabama fans, but Reichard will look to right that wrong in the Sugar Bowl this weekend in his final college game.

[247 Sports]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.