Top placekicer to walk-on at Alabama

For a Tide team still looking to shore up its kicking game, additional help is on the way. A top placekicker out of Decatur recently announced his intention to walk-on at Alabama and compete for the kicking job next fall.

Josh Woodard (6-1, 170, 5.00) out of Decatur High School was rated by most as the No. 1 placekicker in North Alabama. A major weapon on his high school team's offense, Woodard has the range to clear the crossbars from over 50 yards.

Woodard started making his name visible as a junior when he made 8-of-12 field goal attempts (50 yards longest) and 50-of-53 extra points. He also had 4 field goals in excess of 40 yards. Woodard scored a total of 77 points his junior year. His senior year he was essentially his team's offense and it showed at season's end when he posted a 17-of-24 field goal success rate.

His longest successful field goal was 55 yards, and Woodard had another game winner from 55 yards that hit the crossbar and bounced back. He missed just four extra points his senior year (two were blocked at Mountain Brook in the state playoffs) but his opportunities were limited compared to his junior season.

Though principally a placekicker, his freshman year Woodard was credited with a 75 yard punt.

The only drawback to his stats is that Woodard's kicks came off a two-inch kicking tee, and he will have to kick off the ground in college. Woodard has worked diligently since football season ended kicking off the ground, and says he is getting the ball airborne now just as quickly and with as much height as in high school.

Tide fans will be especially interested to hear that Woodard's kickoffs were generally five yards deep on a regular basis.

Woodard made the All Region, All State, and Super All State Teams as a senior. He bench presses 215 pounds, squats 265, and power cleans 200. Woodard carries a 3.1 GPA and scored 20 on the ACT, so qualifying will not be a concern.

Woodard decided to walk on at Alabama, turning down the same opportunity at numerous other schools.

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