Alabama landed a major commitment at a position of need today.
Alabama’s placekicking has occasionally been a weakness in recent years. In this year’s national title game, senior Andy Pappanastos made two key field goals after missing his first attempt, but then shanked the potential game-winner in regulation.
Fortunately, Pappanastos’ gaffe didn’t cost the Tide the win. However, Nick Saban is certainly hoping his new kicker will be a bit more reliable.
It looks like Temple grad transfer Austin Jones is going to be the new kicker in Tuscaloosa. Jones committed to Alabama on Monday.
He announced his decision on Instagram.
“I’m happy to announce that I will be playing my last year of College Football at the University of Alabama #Rolltide,” Jones posted.
A knee injury limited Jones to only four games this season. He made 4-of-5 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 extra points.
For his career at Temple, Jones went 50-for-67 on field goal tries and 102-of-104 on extra points. He made 19 straight field goals during the 2016 season.
Jones will graduate from Temple in the spring and enroll at Alabama in the summer. He is eligible immediately.
Alabama’s 2018 season opener is against Louisville on Sept. 1.