Alabama’s specialists did not look good in Saturday’s season-opening win over Wisconsin. But coach Nick Saban is sick and tired of hearing negative comments about kicker Adam Griffith and punter JK Scott.
“Look, we have two capable specialists and I’m just going to tell everybody,” Saban said on his weekly radio show via AL.com’s Michael Casagrande. “Y’all need to get a positive attitude about our punter and our kicker.”
A worked-up Saban stopped short of cussing — but just barely.
“Alright, because all of your negative thoughts and all your, I hate to say it, I’m not going to say it. You know what I want to say,” Saban said. “It starts with a ‘b’ and the second word starts with an ‘s’ about what you say about these guys really affects them in a negative way. It really affects them in a serious way.”
Griffith missed two field goals against the Badgers (from 44 and 39 yards, respectively), while Scott was uncharacteristically bad, muffing one punt that went 20 yards and finishing with a 36.8-yard average.
Scott was one of the best punters in the nation last year, earning a Ray Guy finalist nod, but Griffith’s troubles are a little more worrisome. The junior went 5-for-10 down the stretch last season (including three misses from inside 40 yards), and is now 0-for-2 to open up 2015.