Alabama football: Three freshman receivers are already impressing veteran teammates

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer , SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every sport on campus.

Playing nice

In front of ESPN cameras, coach Nick Saban was in a happy mood for his Wednesday night press conference. So much so that he provided a couple of entertaining moments when answering questions from reporters. When asked about the on-field personas of Anthony Averett and Levi Wallace, Saban said, with a wink,  “I guess I have to back up. I mean, I’m from West Virginia, so what exactly does persona mean? Is that the same thing as per-sauna?”

You can watch that full press conference here.

In other headlines …

  • Saban announced that reserve lineman Brandon Kennedy has an ankle injury that needed surgery. He also updated the statuses of Tony Brown and Da’Shawn Hand.
  • Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, who picked Alabama over Auburn, still has a profile and bio on Auburn’s website.
  • Christopher Walsh broke down Alabama’s schedule and which game could be the hardest.
  • A Pro Football Focus expert joined Ryan Fowler on the Alabama Football Podcast.
  • For the latest On the Beat, Marq Burnett stated that Alabama has a clear path to the College Football Playoff.
  • ESPN’s Alex Scarborough made a bold prediction about Chip Kelly, and it involves Alabama.

New kids on the block

Three Alabama freshman receivers have seen the field a lot this season. Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III have all been nice weapons for the Crimson Tide in their rookie seasons. Ruggs III already has 3 touchdowns on 3 catches this season, while Smith and Jeudy have a touchdown each. All three are already receiving  major props from their veteran counterparts. Ruggs III, Smith and Jeudy allow Alabama to rotate six receivers at any time.

“I think the young receivers are making nice progress,” Saban said. “Jerry Jeudy,  Ruggs, [DeVonta Smith], and I think we need to play those guys more because I think in the long run, those guys getting better is going to make us better.”

Built by Bama

Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in New York’s elimination game victory against Cleveland. He also allowed no hits in that span.

Around the Capstone

  • Three Alabama softball players were invited to attend  the 2018 Team USA Softball Selection Camp.
  • Alabama basketball hosted its first-ever pro day , which featured scouts from 28 of 30 NBA teams.

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