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Alabama kicker Will Reichard changes mind, will return

NCAA Football: Alabama at Mississippi

Nov 12, 2022; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide place kicker Will Reichard (16) kicks out of the hold of punter James Burnip (86) for a 49 yard field goal against the Ole Miss Rebels in the fourth quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Alabama won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama kicker Will Reichard is sticking around after all.

Reichard announced Tuesday he will return for a fifth season after initially planning to enter the NFL draft and accepting an invite to the Senior Bowl.

“After much prayer and guidance, I realized that I wasn’t ready to step away from Alabama football and the college experience,” Reichard posted on Instagram. “I have decided to take advantage of my final year of eligibility and tee it up with my Crimson Tide teammates once more time in 2023.”

Reichard is Alabama’s career points leader. He has a fifth season of eligibility because of the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver.

The Tide had already signed one of the nation’s top kicking prospects, Conor Talty, in December.