College football has a new all-time points scorer. During the SEC Championship game, Alabama Crimson Tide kicker Will Reichard became the highest-scoring player in college football history.
Already a program and SEC record holder, Reichard secured his place in college football history during the game against Georgia.
Will Reichard Breaks NCAA All-Time Points Scoring Record
Reichard secured his place in college football history on Saturday, surpassing former record holder Kennan Reynolds. The former Navy quarterback had held the record since the end of the 2015 season, scoring 530 points during his career with the Midshipmen. Reichard has now scored 533 points during his Alabama football career.
After making the decision to return to Tuscaloosa rather than declare for the 2023 NFL Draft, Reichard has established himself as one of the best to ever do it for Alabama.
The record for all-time scorer in college football is the icing on the cake of a career with the Crimson Tide that has set new levels of expectation for place-kicking at the program.
In mid-October, Reichard became the all-time points-scorer in the Southeastern Conference. An extra point following the first touchdown of the win over Arkansas ensured he surpassed former Auburn kicker turned Las Vegas Raider Daniel Carlson, who was the previous record holder with 480 points.
Reichard also holds the Alabama program record for 50+ yard field goals made, nailing nine over the course of his five-year Crimson Tide career ahead of the SEC Championship clash with Georgia. Having hit three from the distance this year, he broke a record that had held firm since 1986.
In addition to his leg cannon-pounding field goals from downtown Tuscaloosa, Reichard has been extremely consistent in covering extra point attempts during his Alabama career. The fifth-year kicker — and NCAA all-time points scorer — has missed just two PATs for the Crimson Tide. His 290 completed extra points are another program record on his résumé.
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The latter is hardly surprising. As a standout high school kicker at Hoover in Alabama, Reichard never missed a PAT on 109 attempts. As a result, he was considered the nation’s top kicker in the 2019 recruiting class by both ESPN and the 247 Sports Composite — attracting offers from teams across the nation including Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma, LSU, and Auburn.
He ended up on the other side of the Iron Bowl rivalry and never looked back. Despite playing for a program renowned for a cautious approach to utilizing true freshman under Nick Saban, Reichard started what would become a record-breaking career in his first year in Tuscaloosa, winning the starting job in 2019.
Sadly, injury hampered his freshman campaign, but he’s been an ever-present for the Crimson Tide ever since.
Reichard didn’t miss a kick of any form in 2020, earning recognition as a Lou Groza finalist and the first of many all-SEC accolades. Unless something catastrophic happens down the stretch of his record-breaking game against Georgia, he’ll end his Alabama career having never dipped below 75% field goal completion percentage when he’s completed a full season.
Under Saban, Alabama has become the powerhouse of college football, producing some of the best players to play in the modern era. Now, thanks to Reichard, they’re the home to the highest-scoring player in all college football history.