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DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle Primed To Break Alabama Records in 2020

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Two Crimson Tide receivers are within reach of immortality.

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DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle hope for a big 2020.
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Over the last two seasons, Crimson Tide fans witnessed arguably the best receiving corps in school history. Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Devonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle piled up the receiving yards and scores on their way up the Alabama record books.

While Alabama great Amari Cooper sits atop most of the receiving records, a few of them could be in danger from the fast-charging Smith and Waddle

TOTAL RECEIVING YARDS

In three seasons, Smith has compiled 2,109 yards. His breakout season of 2019 saw him total 1,256. He would have to top that number at 1,354+ yards to reach Cooper’s three year total. It’s a big number but not impossible. A smidge over 800 yards would easily place him at No. 2 on the Crimson Tide all-time receiving yards list.

Waddle only needs 662 yards to slide into No. 6 all-time. 1,245 would tie him with Julio. He would have to get into the 1,300s to pass Jeudy and/or Ridley.

Rk Player From To Yds
1 Amari Cooper 2012 2014 3,463
2 D.J. Hall 2004 2007 2,923
3 Calvin Ridley 2015 2017 2,781
4 Jerry Jeudy 2017 2019 2,742
5 Julio Jones 2008 2010 2,653
6 DeVonta Smith 2017 2019 2,109
7 Ozzie Newsome 1974 1977 2,070
8 Keith Brown 2004 2007 1,863
9 Freddie Milons 1998 2001 1,859
10 David Bailey 1969 1971 1,857
11 Marquis Maze 2008 2011 1,844
12 O.J. Howard 2013 2016 1,726
13 Henry Ruggs III 2017 2019 1,716
14 Ardarius Stewart 2014 2016 1,713
15 David Palmer 1991 1993 1,611
16 Curtis Brown 1991 1995 1,568
17 Dennis Homan 1965 1967 1,495
18 Jaylen Waddle 2018 2019 1,408
19 Joey Jones 1980 1983 1,386
20 Toderick Malone 1993 1995 1,368

RECEPTIONS

This record might be a little tougher to reach. Smith would need a ridiculous 110 receptions just to tie Cooper for most career catches. Only one Crimson Tide player has topped 90 in a season. Yep, you guessed it.

  • Amari Cooper - 124 (2014)
  • Calvin Ridley - 89 (2015)
  • Julio Jones - 78 (2010)
  • Jerry Jeudy - 77 (2019)
  • Calvin Ridley - 72 (2016)

A mere 77 grabs could catapult Smith into third place. 75 for Waddle would propel him to fifth.

Rk Player From To Rec
1 Amari Cooper 2012 2014 228
2 Calvin Ridley 2015 2017 224
3 D.J. Hall 2004 2007 194
4 Julio Jones 2008 2010 179
5 Jerry Jeudy 2017 2019 159
6 Freddie Milons 1998 2001 152
7 Marquis Maze 2008 2011 136
8 David Bailey 1969 1971 132
9 Ardarius Stewart 2014 2016 129
10 Devonta Smith 2017 2019 118
11 Keith Brown 2004 2007 117
12 O.J. Howard 2013 2016 114
13 Lamonde Russell 1988 1990 108
14 Curtis Brown 1991 1995 106
15 Antonio Carter 1999 2001 106
16 Ozzie Newsome 1974 1977 102
17 David Palmer 1991 1993 102
18 Henry Ruggs III 2017 2019 98
19 Kevin Turner 1988 1991 95
20 Deandrew White 2011 2014 94
10 Jaylen Waddle 2018 2019 78

TOUCHDOWNS

Finally, we have a Cooper record that could be surpassed. With just four scoring receptions, Smith passes both Jeudy and Ruggs for second place. Eight touchdowns via the air attack will give Smith a tie for the school record.

Waddle has a longer row to hoe but at the very least should move into the top five.

Rk Player From To TD
1 Amari Cooper 2012 2014 31
2 Jerry Jeudy 2017 2019 26
3 Henry Ruggs III 2017 2019 24
4 Devonta Smith 2017 2019 23
5 Calvin Ridley 2015 2017 19
6 Dennis Homan 1965 1967 18
7 D.J. Hall 2004 2007 17
8 Ozzie Newsome 1974 1977 16
9 Julio Jones 2008 2010 15
10 Jaylen Waddle 2018 2019 13
10 Keith Brown 2004 2007 13
10 David Bailey 1969 1971 13
10 Joey Jones 1980 1983 13
14 Ardarius Stewart 2014 2016 12
14 Deandrew White 2011 2014 12
14 Kevin Norwood 2010 2013 12
17 David Palmer 1991 1993 11
17 Curtis Brown 1991 1995 11
17 Toderick Malone 1993 1995 11
17 Wayne Wheeler 1971 1973 11
17 Albert Bell 1985 1986 11

Poll

How many receiving touchdowns will DeVonta Smith get this year?

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    4-7
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    8-10
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    11 or more.
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