Receivers Struggle in Tide’s Narrow Victory Over Longhorns
The Alabama Crimson Tide narrowly escaped a loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns on Satuday, due in large part to late game heroics by All-American quarterback Bryce Young.
It's great that Alabama has a leader like Young who can shoulder the load, because for large portions of the game he got virtually no help from his receiving core.
Up until the fourth quarter, Tide receivers totaled a measly three receptions for just 14 yards and no scores.
Running back Jahmyr Gibbs far and away led the team in receptions and yardage, tallying nine catches for 74 yards and a score.
The wide receiving core for the Tide struggled to get open for large portions of the game and had issues with drops when they did find space.
It is evident that this Alabama team lacks the explosiveness that made the receiving unit last year, led by Jameson Williams, so scary.
Louisville transfer, Tyler Harrell, was thought to take over that role by many and provide that threat for this offense, but he has struggled to get healthy to begin the season and even when he does come back he is still unproven.
The Crimson Tide showed weakness on Saturday and Nick Saban will undoubtedly be looking at practice to find the answer to the team's issues in the receiving core.