10 Alabama Football receivers that made the Tide WRU

Alabama Football can stake a claim as the best program to develop virtually any position on the field. So who makes the Crimson Tide "Wide Receiver U?"
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4. Jerry Jeudy (2017-2019)

After showing flashes of brilliance as a true freshman in 2017, Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award in his sophomore campaign with 68 catches, 1,315 yards, and 14 touchdowns. As a junior, he recorded a career-high 77 grabs, going over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns for the second consecutive year. 

Jeudy’s career totals of 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns are both top-5 figures in school history

3. Amari Cooper (2012-2014)

Amari Cooper took receiver play at Alabama to new heights. Cooper notched 59 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 scores as a freshman on Alabama’s 2012 national championship team. After a relatively quiet sophomore year, Cooper exploded for arguably the best season by a pass-catcher in school history.

He brought home the Biletnikoff in 2014 with a nation-leading 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns. All three numbers represented school records at the time of Cooper’s departure, and his 124 catches still stands as a single-season school record. 

Amari Cooper ranks second in school history in career receptions (228), receiving yards (3,463), and receiving touchdowns (31).

2. Julio Jones

Julio Jones is widely regarded as the most important recruit, and one of the most important players, of the entire Saban era. He was the top-ranked wide receiver in the country in the class of 2008, and immediately became the focal point of the passing offense as a freshman in Saban’s second season. Jones recorded 58 receptions for 924 yards and four touchdowns in year one.

2009 brought a dip in Jones’ statistical production, as Alabama Football leaned heavily on its ground game and harbored a Heisman-winning running back in Mark Ingram. Still, Jones managed to lead a national championship Alabama Football team in every major receiving category.

Though it wasn’t the best season for the Crimson Tide, 2010 was a bounce back year for Julio Jones, who had career-highs of 78 receptions for 1,133 yards with nine total touchdowns.

Though his statistical output may fall short of some of his successors, Jones is an iconic figure in the Coach Saban era. He finished his Alabama career ranking fifth all-time in receptions (179), sixth in yards (2,653), and tied for tenth in touchdowns (15), all while playing in run-heavy offenses.