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John Metchie takes it personal being left off top 10 returning wide receivers list

John Metchie (No. 8) of Alabama with a catch versus Missouri
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/SEC Media Portal

He probably did not need it, but John Metchie has gained motivation for next season.

According to Pro Football Focus, the website released its top-10 returning wide receivers to college football but Metchie was not listed.

The rising junior from Canada has taken it personally and he’s out to prove PFF wrong.

He finished last season with 55 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Metchie displayed moments of explosive play against Texas A&M (181 yards, two scores) and Tennessee (151 yards) while being consistent throughout the year.

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Despite an injury versus Ohio State, he recorded eight catches for 81 yards in the College Football Playoff National Championship matchup.

The 6-foot, 195-pounder can also be a defender and showed it versus Florida. Metchie blasted Gators’ defensive back, Trey Dean III after he recorded an interception and made him fumble the ball. DeVonta Smith recovered the miscue for Alabama and the Crimson Tide ended up scoring on its drive. Regardless of him having the hardest learning curve, Metchie was fourth in the Southeastern Conference for receiving yards.

PFF had George Pickens (Georgia) and Treylon Burks (Arkansas) on its list for the SEC.

The group of Chris Olave (Ohio State), Garrett Wilson (Ohio State), Justyn Ross (Clemson), Marvin Mims (Oklahoma), Jaquarii Roberson (Wake Forest), Khalil Shakir (Boise State), David Bell (Purdue), and Ty Frfogle (Indiana) were the others.

Smith was doubted at Alabama and silenced critics. Now, Metchie will have his opportunity.

He will be Alabama’s No. 1 weapon at receiver in the fall.

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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

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