TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- University of Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin was tabbed the Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday by the Southeastern Conference after leading Alabama to a 13-10 victory in its SEC opener against Vanderbilt on Saturday with two field goals and an extra point.
Tiffin, a freshman from Muscle Shoals, nailed a career-high 47-yard field goal with 7:34 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Alabama a 13-10 lead. The kick ended up being the game-winner as the Crimson Tide held on for the three-point victory.
"I was trying to get ready to go out there and kick a chip shot from 40 yards," said Tiffin. "The next thing I knew I had a pretty good kick on my hands. I wasn't really even thinking about it. I must have been concentrating really hard or something."
In the first quarter, Tiffin connected from 37 yards out to give Alabama a 3-0 lead with 53 seconds on the clock. He finished the game 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and made his extra point try. For the season, he has made five-of-six attempts with three over 30 yards. He is also three-for-three on extra point attempts and leads the Crimson Tide in scoring with 18 points.
Alabama hosts Louisiana Monroe on Saturday at 6:07 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on pay-per-view by Crimson Tide Sports Marketing.