Alabama Football: ‘Ten Best Tide WRs of All-Time’ proves Tide is WRU

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No. 10 – David Bailey (1969-1971)

The sure-handed David Bailey was a prototypical possession receiver in the last years before Bear Bryant converted to the wishbone. Bailey caught 111 passes in 1969 and 1970, for 1,571 yards. As a senior Co-Captain in 1971, he would have put up similar numbers and reached the Tide’s top five or six in career receiving yards. The Tide’s new wishbone offense in 1971 used the pass sparingly, resulting in only 21 receptions for Bailey in his last season.

His Crimson Tide career totals for receptions place him at  No. 9 on the all-time Alabama football list.

No. 9 – Dennis Homan (1965-1967)

Dennis Homan might have finished higher on this list, but he came to Alabama as a running back. He only had two seasons of consistent playing time and one of those, in 1966, Kenny Stabler (Homan’s roommate) looked for Ray Perkins as often as possible.

Going into his senior season, Homan had only 33 receptions in his Crimson Tide career. That senior season in 1967 was special for Homan though not so special for the Crimson Tide. He caught 54 passes in 1967 as Bryant’s team slumped to 8-2-1. As a senior Homan was named a Consensus All-American and also an Academic All-American.

Dennis Homan finished his Alabama football career with 18 touchdown passes, good enough for No. 6 on the Crimson Tide career TD receptions list. In the shorter seasons of the 1960s, Dennis Homan played in only 30 career games for Alabama Football.

Homan was a 1968 first-round Draft selection of the Dallas Cowboys.