Editor’s note: Coming off its fourth national championship in seven seasons, Alabama returns a ton of talent, and has a great opportunity to repeat as champions in 2016.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a look at Alabama’s 25 most important players. Obviously, there’ll be coaches and other key members around the program who’ll have a big impact on the team’s success. But this list is strictly for the top-25 players for the Crimson Tide heading into 2016.
22. JK Scott
After a stellar freshman season, Scott slumped some at the beginning of his sophomore year. Last season, Scott dropped 25 of his kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, down from 31-of-55 from his freshman year when he was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award.
Scott couldn’t put his finger on what changed from year one to year two, but said he felt he “got into a rhythm in the middle of the year and did OK throughout the rest of the year.”
But the Colorado native still showed signs of brilliance with his leg and consistently helped flip the field for the Crimson Tide. Scott punted 70 times for an average of 44.2 yards per attempt. Look for him to regain his Ray Guy Award finalist form during his junior season.
If Alabama’s offense struggles to start the season, Scott’s value will definitely rise. Scott’s big leg may be needed to get the Crimson Tide’s offense out of jams, and to give the Tide’s defense favorable field position.
While Alabama has position battles all over the field, punter is one of the few jobs that is definitely locked up. The 6-foot-5, 198-pound Scott has that job locked up until he leaves Tuscaloosa for the NFL.
This spring, Scott stepped up off the field as he earned the Derrick Thomas Community Service Award along with Josh McMillion and Lester Cotton.
For me, I’m always trying to get stronger, more consistent, always. Coach (Nick) Saban, he’s really telling me to keep doing what I’m doing, don’t change a lot of things, don’t like do anything drastic but just kind of keep doing what I’m going. Little tweaks here and there. — JK Scott this spring
Coming Sunday: A versatile offensive lineman