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

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No. 6 – Jerry Jeudy (2017-2019)

Jerry Jeudy enrolled early at the Capstone to prepare for his freshman season in 2017. He contributed as a freshman, playing in eight games and catching 15 passes and two touchdown receptions.

The swift and smooth Crimson Tide wideout exploded in his sophomore season. In 2018 he had 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. His per catch average in 2018 was 19.3 yards. As a result of that outstanding performance, Jeudy was honored as a Consensus All-American and won the highly regarded Biletnikoff Award as college football’s best receiver.

Jeudy caught 77 passes in his 2019, junior season. His receiving yards dropped to 1,163 yards; partly because a healthy Tua Tagovaoloa was not slinging the ball to him the entire season.

No. 5 – David Palmer (1991-1993)

The Deuce, as Palmer was known for his jersey number two, was magic. Run, pass, catch – Palmer had abundant abilities for each. Alabama football has a long history of gifted athletes but David Palmer might be the Tide’s most talented triple-threat player.

At 5-feet-9 and no more than 165 pounds, Palmer earned the respect of his tough-minded head coach, Gene Stallings. Stallings described him,

"In all my coaching career, I don’t believe I’ve ever coached a player as gifted and talented as David."

Palmer was a tremendous kick returner and a terrific wildcat quarterback. He is arguably the most elusive runner in Crimson Tide history. None of his career receiver stats are in the top ten of Alabama football wideouts. He caught 102 passes for 1,611 yards and 11 Crimson Tide TD receptions.

Palmer is No. 5 for Tide single-season All-Purpose yards with 1,961 yards in 1993. He was also a consensus All-American in 1993 and finished third in the Heisman voting.