Alabama football’s offensive report card
Wide receivers: A+
Alabama lost two of the best receivers in college football in the last offseason, but they still have one of the best wide receiver groups in college football. DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle led the way. They combined for 16 catches, 223 yards and 2 TDs. Waddle should have scored a third touchdown pass, but he was ruled short of the end zone due to touching the pylon.
There was a big debate as to who would win the third starting role at receiver, and John Metchie proved why he is the best option. He added another 42 receiving yards to the effort.
The dangerous fact about this receiving corps is that there are still more ways to use it. Alabama aired the ball out against the Missouri Tigers. They can still utilize the underneath throws that slowly build momentum. They also had no catches from Slade Bolden or any true freshman.
SEC defenses will play better than Missouri did against Alabama football, but it is going to be so hard to stop both Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith. They play off of each other well, and I’m not sure how to even slow them down.
All in all, Alabama’s offense did what it had to do against Missouri. On a Saturday filled with upsets and struggle wins, they looked sharp early. There is still room to grow in many aspects, but Alabama football fans should be excited about what this team has in store.