Jaylen Waddle

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Jaylen Waddle
Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 17
PositionWide receiver
Career history
Bowl games
High schoolEpiscopal
(Bellaire, Texas)
Personal information
Born: (1998-11-25) November 25, 1998 (age 22)
Houston, Texas
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight182 lb (83 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Jaylen Waddle (born November 25, 1998)[1] is an American football wide receiver and kick returner for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

High school career[edit]

Waddle attended Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. As a senior, he played in the U.S. Army All-American Game.[2] He committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[3][4][5] He made the selection on National Signing Day of 2018 and chose the Crimson Tide over Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, TCU, and Oregon.[4]

College career[edit]


As a true freshman at Alabama in 2018, Waddle was named the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 45 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns.[6][7] As a punt returner, he also returned 16 punts for 233 yards and a touchdown.[7]


Waddle returned to the Crimson Tide for his sophomore season in 2019.[8] He recorded 33 receptions for 560 yards and scored six receiving touchdowns. He also returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown against LSU and a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against Auburn. He was named first team All-SEC as a return specialist.[9]


On October 24, 2020, Waddle broke his right ankle when he was tackled while returning the opening kickoff in a game against Tennessee.[10]Waddle returned for the National Championship game against Ohio State. On January 14, 2021, Waddle announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.


  1. ^ https://twitter.com/TheKingJmike/status/1199098307299155968
  2. ^ Smith, Cam (November 7, 2017). "Four-star WR Jaylen Waddle receives U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey, talks importance of Texas". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Zenitz, Matt (February 21, 2018). "4-star freshman 'a little different' than Alabama's other receivers". AL.com. Advance Publications. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Adam (February 7, 2018). "Episcopal's Jaylen Waddle signs with Alabama". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Communications. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Sabin, Rainer (June 7, 2018). "Can Alabama's new slot WR still dazzle in the SEC like he did in the SPC?". AL.com. Advance Publications. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Byington, Alex (September 29, 2018). "Waddle turning into Alabama's most explosive weapon". Montgomery Advertiser. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Lamb, Clint (June 12, 2019). "ESPN predicts breakout campaign from Jaylen Waddle". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Byington, Alex (August 23, 2019). "Speedy Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle wants to be even faster in sophomore season". Montgomery Advertiser. Gannett. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 All-SEC Football Team announced". SECSports.com. December 11, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "Alabama Football Defeats Tennessee 48-17, Extends Streak to 14 Straight". si.com. October 24, 2020. Retrieved October 31, 2020.

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