Joseph Bulovas
Vanderbilt Commodores – No. 36
PositionPlacekicker
Class
Redshirt
Redshirt
Senior
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-09) January 9, 1999 (age 25)
Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolMandeville High School
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Bulovas (born January 9, 1999) is an American football placekicker for the Vanderbilt Commodores of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Originally from Mandeville, Louisiana, he previously attended the University of Alabama, where he was a part of two College Football Playoff national championship teams.

Recruiting

Joseph was a three-star recruit and received offers from Army, Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Air Force, Tulane, Louisiana, Southeastern Louisiana, and UTSA. He originally committed to Georgia Tech on January 10, 2016, but decommitted more than a year later on January 23, 2017. On January 25, 2017, just two days later, he committed to Alabama.[1]

College career

2017 season

He redshirted this year. Alabama won its 17th national championship against Georgia, 26-23.[2]

2018 season

During his redshirt freshman year, Joseph assumed the kickoff duties and played 15 games as the placekicker. In 2018 he took 18 field goal attempts and made 14 of them with a long of 49 yards against Mississippi State. He also made 75 PATs. He produced a total of 117 points.

2019 season

During his sophomore year, Bulovas played in 11 games and started 9 of those games as the placekicker. During 2019 he made 8 field goals off of 11 attempts with a long of 43 yards and also made 59 PATs. He produced a total of 83 points.[3]

Missed Field Goal against Auburn

During their last game of the year against Auburn, Bulovas had a field goal opportunity to tie the game at 48 with a 30-yard field goal attempt with 2:04 left on the clock. He hit it off of the upright, and Alabama would go on to lose 48–45.

That game essentially ended their playoff hopes as they were ranked #5 in the country before the game began.

Bulovas came out publicly with an apology after the game on Twitter. "I just want to express my apologies to the Crimson Tide nation... that is a kick I should make in my sleep".[4]

2020 season

Bulovas did not see the field for Alabama through 13 games. Alabama won its 18th national championship against Ohio State by a score of 52-24.[5]

Transfer

After the season had finished, Bulovas placed his name into the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.[6] In February 2021, Bulovas announced that he would be transferring to the Vanderbilt Commodores.[7]

2021 season

Bulovas appeared in all 12 games for the Commodores, who ended with a record of 2-10. He attempted 19 field goals and made 14 of them with a long of 53 yards. He was perfect in extra points making 15 out of 15.

References

  1. ^ "Joe Bulovas Recruiting Profile". Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Alabama Football Wins 2018 National Championship in Overtime Thriller against Georgia, 26-23". Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Joseph Bulovas". Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Zucker, Joseph (December 1, 2019). "Alabama Kicker Joseph Bulovas Apologizes for Missing Game-Tying FG vs. Auburn". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Scarborough, Alex (January 11, 2021). "Alabama's perseverance guides Nick Saban to record seventh national championship". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Hudson, Brett (January 14, 2021). "Alabama football kicker Joseph Bulovas enters transfer portal". TideSports. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  7. ^ Casagrande, Michael (February 13, 2021). "Former Alabama kicker transfers to SEC school". AL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2021.