As college football teams put spring practice in the rear-view mirror and plan for the upcoming season, coaches evaluate who will be the key contributors for the upcoming season.

While the offense and defense receive the most attention from fans, the kicking game can be the deciding factor in close games.

In a wide ranging conversation, Inside the Locker Room contributor Max Howell examined the role of the kicking game, Lane Kiffin’s habits on Twitter and what would happen when Nick Saban steps away as Alabama’s head coach.

In the kicking game, Howell emphasized how a good punter can flip field position and how placekicking is predicated on the kicker’s state of mind.

Inside the Locker Room airs every weekday from 7-9 AM on Tide 99.1 and the radioPup app.