Preseason talk was not kind when it came to discussion of the Alabama kicking game. All of the top…
Shelley Fine Being 'Accurate Kicker'
Alabama had to replace an All-America placekicker this year. Leigh Tiffin finished his record-breaking career for the Crimson Tide. Bama signed a placekicker in the freshman class, and conventional wisdom had it that the scholarshipped kicker would have the job. That proved to be only partly correct. For some reason, Jeremy Shelley didn't have much respect in the pre-season Alabama guesswork. But Shelley, a 5-10, 165-pound sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina, has worked out well. In fact, even though he doesn't get all the field goal opportunities, Shelley is Alabama's leading scorer this year. Shelley made 43 of 44 extra point kicks and 12 of 16 field goals (with a long of 42 yards) for 79 points. Alabama Coach Nick Saban was not surprised. "Jeremy was realliy consistent from the 25-yard line in," Saban said. Meanwhile freshman Cade Foster was the kickoff man and long field goal specialist. Saban said, "Cade did a great job for us kicking off. He did a really good...
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