Alabama Football: Re-evaluating WR room through four games

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With new quarterback Jalen Milroe, Alabama Football hasn’t quite had the potent passing attack it grew accustomed to under gunslingers like Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones, and Bryce Young. Still, Milroe is gradually improving in his efficiency as a passer, and has already shown a consistent deep ball that stretches defenses vertically and affords Bama better opportunities in the ground game.

The sooner Milroe can sharpen his passing touch, the better for the Crimson Tide. Alabama possesses a loaded wide receiver room that it cannot afford to waste. The group doesn’t appear to lack anything; it has speed, explosiveness, physicality, route running, versatility, depth, and individuals that can win at all three levels.

Because the passing game for Alabama Football is just now starting to get off the ground, most of the receivers haven’t gotten the opportunities they deserve. Additionally, Bama has distributed the ball very evenly to a plethora of wideouts, tight ends, and running backs, which puts a limitation on everyone’s targets.

To this point, senior Jermaine Burton (8 receptions, 189 yards, two touchdowns) and sophomore Isaiah Bond (11 receptions, 162 yards, one touchdown) have been the most consistent performers. Both are speedy playmakers that can run the entire route tree and have proven themselves as vertical weapons. Burton in particular (23.6 yards per catch) can be depended on to get behind the defense at least once every single game.

Beyond Burton and Bond, sophomore Kobe Prentice (8 receptions for 88 yards) has been reliable as well. Prentice has been more of a possession receiver in his Alabama career, and will continue to be an integral piece of the wide receiver rotation.