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Nick Saban not bothered by Alabama receivers’ rock, paper, scissors routine

Henry Ruggs hugging Jerry Jeudy
The Alabama wide receivers are very close and a simple hand game reinforces that bond. Photo by Cedric Mason -- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

The Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver group, led by Jerry Jeudy along with Henry Ruggs III, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are arguably the most electric receiving corps in the country and in Alabama history.

What is more impressive is their bond both on the field, and off and it was magnified immensely when they were spotted playing a game of rock, paper, scissors during the game to determine who gets to run which route.

As Ruggs noted when asked recently, he stated this:

“That’s funny because we have playmakers everywhere and at any moment, any guy can make a play so once they got the play call, they knew, ‘Oh, this is the route that is going to catch the touchdown. So they rock, paper, scissored over who was going to run that route.”

Coincidently, neither received the pass, which subsequently went to Waddle for a 25-yard gain.

Saban, who is often depicted as rigid, embraced his talented quadrant of receivers when asked about the popular hand game on “Hey Coach”:

“There’s a fine line between when are players actually having fun together, and when are players doing things to bring attention to themselves, and I think there’s a fine line in that. I never really got the feeling from that group, that that was their intention of what they were doing. … It was no big deal, from my standpoint.”

With Saban’s blessing, it’s possible this may be an ongoing staple among the group for Tide fans to enjoy all season long.

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