Alabama gave a total team effort and showed complete dominance over Arkansas on Saturday. Bama spread the ball around so well against the Razorbacks that not one player stood head and shoulders above everyone else, although special teams went a long way in finding its identity.
One of the biggest question marks coming into the 2012 season was the kicking game, specifically long-range field goals and kickoffs. Nick Saban has trusted these duties to one man, and after struggling with both in 2011, Cade Foster has transformed into a sure-footed kicking machine.
Foster consistently put the ball in the end-zone on kickoffs Saturday, and recovered a fumble on one of the kicks that didn’t garner a touchback. In the second quarter, he booted a 51-yard field goal and hit the upright on what would have been a kick good from 52 yards.
Bama fans get a nervous feeling when Foster steps out for a long try, but he showed on Saturday that he has the power and the confidence to hit those daunting 50+ yarders. Given the chance at a game-winning kick, Foster has the leg to hit one from 55 yards.
The Crimson Tide are as complete a team as they were last year, and now they can kick from long range. Cade Foster is this week’s Man of the Hour, and if he hits a game-winner in a national championship year, he will be Man of the Decade.
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Video: Cade Foster kicking a 48-yard FG at the A-Day game
Note: Low video quality, taken from a fan in the stands.
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