Slade Bolden is Slade Bolden and not Jaylen Waddle.
Think Nick Saban is aware of that news flash?
One of college football's most dynamic players was lost for the season this past Saturday when Waddle, Alabama's dazzling junior receiver, fractured his ankle during the opening kickoff of the Crimson Tide's 48-17 hammering of Tennessee inside Neyland Stadium. The stunning setback resulted in Bolden replacing Waddle in the starting lineup, and the redshirt sophomore capitalized with six receptions for 94 yards on seven targets.
It was a breakout performance for sure, but nobody in Tuscaloosa is making any comparisons this week as the undefeated Crimson Tide prepare to host Mississippi State.
"You can't replace a guy like Jaylen Waddle and what his ability is," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday afternoon on a Zoom call.