Auburn leaves player back to return long Alabama FG, Tide kicker doesn’t care
Alabama kicker Adam Griffith didn’t let a little bit of trolling faze him during the first half of the Iron Bowl.
Lined up to extend Alabama’s 9-6 lead with a 50-yard field goal, Griffith may or may not have noticed that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn placed a Tiger in the back of the end zone to potentially “receive” the kick.
(For the uninitiated, Griffith’s missed 57-yarder in 2013 led to Chris Davis’ infamous “Kick Six” return that booted Alabama out of the national title picture.)
It’s extremely rare for coaches to put players in the end zone while defending a field goal of any length, especially a 50-yarder.
But Griffith stayed calm, and drilled a kick inside the right upright to give Alabama a 12-6 lead before half. The make was his fourth of the day, and he’s now made 18 of 21 attempts since beginning the season 0-for-4.