Nick Saban announces Jaylen Waddle out for the year after injury against Tennessee
Everyone knew the ambulance was a bad sign, but Adam Zucker of CBS confirmed the bad news, relaying Nick Saban’s word to reporter Jamie Erdahl: Jaylen Waddle is out for the rest of the 2020 season with a broken ankle.
The dynamic Alabama wide receiver was injured on the opening kick return in Saturday’s Tennessee game, needing assistance to leave the field and go to the locker room for evaluation. CBS cameras later showed Waddle leaving via ambulance. The super speedster is coming off of a 6-catch, 161-yard outing in Alabama’s 41-24 win over Georgia in Week 4.
Waddle, in his third year at Alabama, had some early buzz as a 2020 Heisman Trophy contender. In September, ESPN’s Desmond Howard turned heads when he announced Waddle as his Heisman pick ahead of the kickoff of the SEC season. Waddle was on track for a season to remember, having hit triple-digit receiving yards in all 4 of UA’s 2020 games entering Saturday at Tennessee. Through Week 4, Waddle had 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Just five games into the junior season of his college career, Waddle already owns three of the top-five longest scoring receptions in Alabama history.
In Waddle’s absence, Slade Bolden stepped up in the first half at Tennessee with 4 catches for 81 yards. John Metchie leads all receivers in the game with 3 receptions for 88 yards.