Adam Griffith Focused on Consistency in Final Season at Alabama [VIDEO]
With all of the talk about offense and defense during Alabama's fall camp, little attention has been paid to the specialists. But that speaks to the experience returning in the kicking game.
The Crimson Tide returns the first-team preseason All-SEC punter JK Scott and second-team kicker Adam Griffith. The latter will handle placekicking duties for the third straight season and look to build of a near-perfect late second half of the season in 2015.
Things began slowly for Griffith a year ago. As a junior, he missed his first field goals of the year and six of his first 12. He responded by converting 17 of his final 20 and delivering an onside kick for the ages against Clemson in the championship game.
"Just like any other player, you just have to forget the play before and focus on the next one," Griffith said. "For kickers it's a little different because if you miss a kick, it might be 10 or 30 minutes before you have a chance to kick another one."
Griffith and the other kickers spend a lot of time on their own during fall camp, but the senior said he's using that practice time to focus on consistency.
"There's always things to improve on," Griffith said. "Obviously on field goal consistency, I'd love to improve on that. I have a great snapper. I have a good holder. If we keep working everyday, I have no doubt that we'll be good this year.
"On kickoffs, obviously I want to have more touchbacks, too. I had a bunch of them last year, but hopefully this year I'll have more."
Griffith improved his touchback percentage on kickoffs from 29% in 2014 to 55% in 2015. If he can make that kind of improvement in his senior season, the Crimson Tide will limit opposing teams' ability to make big plays on special teams.