Football fans in Alabama may choose to worry about Crimson Tide’s wide receivers. Let’s not. Although there is cause for concern, there are other reasons for optimism.
Those fans who take a wait-and-see attitude, rather than optimism, can signal a startling lack of experience. By a large margin, the top receiver product on the Crimson Tide list is a narrow end; Cameron Lato. Latu has 26 receptions in his Alabama football career for 410 yards and eight touchdowns.
Not to mention running, only five other players on Crimson Tide have ever earned a career reception. Together, they had 50 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns. They are listed below, but the stats are likely marked with an asterisk. The vast majority of their career productions have come as Crimson Tide’s backup against weaker defenses.
- Traeshon Holden – Junior – Holden played in 20 games and earned 21 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown.
- Ja’Corey Brooks – Sophomore – Brooks was one of the stars of last season’s Iron Bowl, making the touchdown that sent the game into overtime. His Crimson Tide career numbers are 15 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
- jojo earl – Tahir – In his new season, Jojo Earle had 12 passes for 148 yards and no touchdowns. He also returned 15 balls for 88 yards.
- Ruby Oztz – Junior – As a freshman, the Ouzts were used mainly in special teams and as a short-distance blocker. As a recruit, his powerful blocking ability was frequently mentioned, but he was also described as having good enough hands to be a strong passer. In the 2021 season, he earned one pass for eight yards.
All four players, in particular, Brooks and Earl could produce more in 2022. It’s possible that Brooks will be a start, and Earl could have an outstanding season.
Football and transfer receivers in Alabama
Two additional transfers at the wide receiver are expected to put up big numbers in 2022. In two seasons with the Georgia Bulldog, Jermaine Burton had 53 passes for 901 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, his average gain per reception was 19.1 yards. On the 2021 Crimson Tide roster, only one player had a higher average; Jameson Williams at 19.9 yards.
Tyler Harrell’s three seasons in Louisville included only 14 games. Twelve of those games were last season when he got 18 passes for 523 yards and six touchdowns. His average catch was 29.1 yards. Harrell may or may not run 4.2, as some Louisville fans have claimed, but it’s fair to say he’s super fast.
With the five guys listed first in this post, plus Burton and Harrell, a freshman loaded student, and a broad receiving class, Alabama fans should feel confident last season’s 5,073 yards were accessible once again.
There is another reason to be so confident in the Tide pass game. That’s why CFB’s best quarterback, Bryce Young.