Connect with us

Alabama Football Headlines

WATCH: Alabama receiver, Jaylen Waddle speaks on how he wants to finish the season strong

He had an iconic performance versus Auburn in the Iron Bowl and national media has recognized him as an All-American, but Jaylen Waddle is not satisfied. It seems like everyone is taking Nick Saban’s phrase “don’t waste a failure” to heart, as Waddle was the second player in interviews to mention how this team wants to finish the year strong.

After a loss to the Tigers, the sophomore is solely focused on Michigan and is excited to play in the Citrus Bowl.

RELATED: WATCH: Alabama safety, Jared Mayden speak on having “right mindset” for Citrus Bowl

In terms of his fellow teammates — Jerry Jeudy, Devonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III — Waddle told reporters that the group has not spoke on the decision that the trio of juniors will have to make. All three receivers project as first-rounders for the 2020 NFL Draft. While his All-American status has come from his work as a return specialists, Waddle said he trains hard at receiver and punt returner. To his defense, he does have 553 yards receiving with six touchdowns on 32 catches.

He led the nation in punt return yards (25 yards per return) and totaled two scores on special teams.

The native Texan will face his former position coach, Josh Gattis, on New Year’s Day. Even with two players opting out of the matchup and being without six defensive starters, Waddle is locked in on doing everything possible to win the game.

*Get the BEST Alabama football insider information, message board access, and recruiting coverage today! SIGN UP HERE to unlock our subscriber only content!*

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

More in Alabama Football Headlines