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|Alabama kicker Cade Foster had a miserable showing in the Iron Bowl, but his teammates have his back.|
After catching enough grief, and even some threats, on his Twitter account for three failed field-goal attempts in Alabama's Iron Bowl loss to Auburn last week, Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster temporarily shut down his account. But when ESPN analyst David Pollack took a poke at Alabama's Iron Bowl kicking woes on Friday, the senior wasn't going to take it quietly.
Tweeted Pollack, during the MAC Championship Game:
There is def one part of NIU's game that Bama wished they had, a FG kicker. This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+.â David Pollack (@davidpollack47) December 7, 2013
@davidpollack47 I've taken hell from people but wouldn't expect that from someone who had a successful football career and is an "expert"â Cade Foster (@Foster_43) December 7, 2013
Pollack starred as a defensive lineman at Georgia, and later had a brief career with the Cincinnati Bengals that was cut short by injury. It didn't take long for the two biggest leadership figures in the Crimson Tide locker room -- quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley -- to weigh in:
@Foster_43 don't pay attention to someone especially when their opinion means zero at all. We will go to war on the field with you any day!â AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) December 7, 2013
For all the hand-wringing from the Alabama camp about Foster's troubles last weekend, the Crimson Tide has plenty of directions to point a finger of blame other than its kicker. Among them, a defense that allowed nearly 300 rushing yards, a dropped touchdown pass, and a mental error in the secondary that made for Auburn's easy game-tying touchdown pass in the final minute.
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