Nick Saban: Alabama’s Adam Griffith is elite kicker… in warmups
Adam Griffith is back to square one. The embattled Alabama kicker biffed a 25-yard field goal and then missed another from 48 in the Crimson Tide’s 27-14 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
The misses — along with a 24-yard make — put him at 6-for-12 on the season. Griffith is 19-for-34 (.559) on his career, but coach Nick Saban appears willing to provide continued support.
“He’s very, very capable,” Saban said. “He’s practiced well.”
That’s the thing with Griffith — he’s been a star in practice and warmups, but hasn’t found a consistent ability to make kicks when it matters.
“If you watch the guy practice, if you watch the guy warm up… He’s as good a kicker as anybody in the country,” Saban said. “But you’ve got to be able to take it to the game.”
Saban said Griffith needs to adopt a positive attitude that includes belief and trust.
“You’ve got to think about, ‘What does it take to make the kick?’ and not think about, ‘What is going to happen if I miss?'” Saban said.