Kicker Andy Pappanastos is leaving Ole Miss behind after three years, and will play his final two seasons of eligibility with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Originally a member of the 2012 recruiting class for Ole Miss, Pappanastos grayshirted a year and redshirted in 2013 before finally making his debut as a redshirt freshman in 2014. However, he missed his only field goal attempt on the year and was successful on five of six extra point attempts.
As a sophomore, Pappanastos only attempted three extra points. While he made all three, he was likely to remain behind Gary Wunderlich on the Ole Miss depth chart in the remainder of his collegiate career. Instead, the graduate transfer will travel closer to home to play out his eligibility with Alabama.
“[Nick Saban] told me he was really excited to have a seasoned veteran,” Pappanastos told Charlie Walter of WSFA 12 News in Montgomery, Ala. “He likes the fact that I already have experience kicking in the SEC.”
It’s unlikely Pappanastos will supplant Adam Griffith as the starting kicker for the Crimson Tide in 2016. But that will be Griffith’s final season, leaving open a competition for the former Ole Miss kicker in 2017.