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Tide Cornerbacks Face Pressure

Eddie Jackson

Good football coaches put a lot of emphasis on the kicking game. Special teams is more than the specialists, of course, but that's part of it. When Gene Stallings was Alabama football coach during the 1990s, he spent time each day taking a close look at the Crimson Tide placekickers. A VERY close look.

Stallings would stand about a foot from where the the ball was to be placed down, looking straight down at the kicker's foot as leather met leather. On a day when Alabama was having practice placekicking troubles, one of the young kickers provided an explanation. "Coach," he said to Stallings, "it makes me nervous to have you watching." Stallings said, "Son, I hate to break this to you, but I...

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