It's difficult to point out any negatives regarding Alabama's 49-7 win over Southern Miss on Saturday. The offense looked terrific and the defense allowed just one score.
However, Alabama did have an injured player head to the locker room during the game. True freshman kicker Will Reichard suffered an injury on his third kickoff attempt on Saturday.
He was later taken to the locker room. Reichard's mom took to Facebook to offer an update on her son.
"During Will’s 3rd kick off attempt during Saturday’s game, he felt and heard a pop when he rotated his hip/leg backward which made it difficult and painful to move his leg forward to kick through the football. After getting results from the MRI, Dr. Cain (team physician with Andrews Sports Medicine) said Will has a quad strain ( a small tear in the hip flexor tendon) with some bleeding in the tissue. He is experiencing some discomfort but should be fine after treatment and rest for a few weeks."
This update lines up with Nick Saban's comments on Monday regarding Reichard.
“I think he may be a little more day-to-day and a little more questionable than the other guys,” Saban said during a press conference on Monday. “I don’t think this is something, with a kicker, that you can sort of push the guy along and have him have something that’s going to aggravate him for the rest of the season. So, we need to get it right now.”
Reichard connected on 4-of-7 field goal tries and 21-of-22 extra point attempts so far this season. Joseph Bulovas replaced Reichard in the game and proceeded to convert all five extra point tries.
It looks like Bulovas will be the guy moving forward for the Tide.
Stay tuned for further Alabama injury updates.