He’s played a lot of different positions,” Jones said on Monday. Bolden, 5-11, 191, is known as an outstanding athlete, the kind of player who could have ended up at any position. Purchase an online subscription to our website. IOS /Android| Apparel, Justin's Recruiting Bites|Recruit Rankings. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77, “We strive to provide you with the absolute best Alabama football coverage in the world.” - Bennie Bice III, Touchdown Alabama ©2020 The Crimson Tide will play at Mississippi State (1-3) on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN). Sorry, no promotional deals were found matching that code. “We wanted to evolve offensively anyway, then there just happened to be Slade,” West Monroe offensive coordinator Glenn Hunt said. After the first month or first year, we’ll automatically renew your subscription to continue your access at the regular price of $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year. WATCH: What is next for Alabama on the recruiting trail? I think we all have faith and trust in the next man who steps up.”. 25 athlete in the 2018 class by Rivals ... the No. So, I always appreciate Slade, and he’s gonna do a good job and he’s just getting started.”, Slade Bolden mentioned today he's "not the fastest" receiver. Surtain ticked off the names of true freshmen Javon Baker, Traeshon Holden, and Thaiu Jones-Bell, men who were highly-regarded members of Bama’s recruiting class. He also replaced Waddle as punt return man. © 2020 Verizon Media. Please note *Your Subscription will Automatically Renew unless you contact Customer Service*. Through that production, Alabama saw a slot receiver in the making. While it was on the ground, the fullback was often the most dangerous weapon. Promotional Rates were found for your code. “I’m gonna be able to get open and make plays, and I will catch the ball if it’s around me.”, *Get the BEST Alabama football insider information, message board access, and recruiting coverage today! “The best way I can describe my game is I’m not gonna be the fastest guy on the field, but I feel like I got a lot of heart, a lot of determination,” Bolden said. “Wherever you put him at, he was going to be the best. SIGN UP HERE to unlock our subscriber only content! Slade Bolden took over for Waddle and had 6 catches for 94 yards against the Vols. Those were his first catches this year. for 30 days. Smith didn’t have a great statistical game, though he had impressive receptions among his 7 catches for 73. Each online subscription gives you full access to all of our newspaper websites and mobile applications. “So when you have somebody who’s making plays like that and put him wherever you want on the field, he’s a guy that’s super versatile. Bolden has been a fixture of the offense for some time now, as he’s carved out a role as a wildcat or “Slade-cat” quarterback for short yardage or deceptive throws since last season. Latest on Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Slade Bolden including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN Bolden was the caliber of athlete who flipped a well-established offensive reputation on its head. Subscribe| Get the App! That third starter role went to sophomore John Metchie, who has been outstanding. Slade Bolden is a 5-11, 198-pound Athlete from West Monroe, LA. TUSCALOOSA — West Monroe High School was winning state championships with an I-formation veer offense for decades. All rights reserved. That's something that fit well for him. High School also threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Miller Forristall in the 2019 win over Tennessee. “They've got good initial quickness, really good hands, very smart and heady in terms of their instincts and their ability to make quick decisions. I’ve got a lot of bank reps with him like he’s a guy if I ever need to throw whether it’s at twelve at night or six in the morning he’ll be there. It already proved to pay dividends last week against Tennessee where Bolden caught six passes for 94 yards with some receptions coming in heavy traffic. “We always had a good athlete at quarterback, but we never had one like Slade.”. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Photo by Kent Gidley. At one point he started to take hold at quarterback, at which point West Monroe started to live with inside zone reads and power reads — similar to the concepts Bolden operated as a Wildcat quarterback for Alabama last season. “Slade's really quick. The ball rarely hit the air. One of the most dynamic players in college football, Tide junior receiver and kick returner Jaylen Waddle, suffered a severe ankle injury that will require surgery and end his 2020 career. Your current subscription does not provide access to this content. Winds light and variable. Those two are solid in the receiving corps. So the guy knows a lot about football. Low 39F. High School and Personal Info Was a versatile, athletic player with multiple positions on either side of the ball ... a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and listed as the No. The early returns on that decision are not enough to act on — he had four catches last year, spending most of his time as a Wildcat quarterback — and had no receptions entering the Tennessee game. Few, if any, are able to do exactly what Waddle did: double as the best kick returner in the country and the SEC’s leading receiver. “He’s a guy who knows what to do, he knows where to line up. TUSCALOOSA — West Monroe High School was winning state championships with an I-formation veer offense for decades. Those were his first catches this year. We tell out coach right then, ‘We have to move this kid up to varsity.’”. High 66F. I know he played quarterback, he played all over the place in high school. Going into the season, the Tide had to deal with the loss from last year’s team of two wide receivers who were first round NFL draft choices, Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy. Plentiful sunshine. or a NEW ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION is just $59.99 for the first year. Alabama suffered a major injury on the opening kickoff of Bama’s 48-17 win over Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday. West Monroe, La., thanks to Bolden’s individual excellence, didn't miss a beat and maintained the team results. “We had some other guys step up and create an opportunity for somebody else, and we’re going to coach the players we have and do the best we can to try to get better.”. “Shoot he’s even played defense before in the spring practices before. Metchie was Bama’s leading receiver against Tennessee Saturday with 7 catches for 151 yards. 2 Alabama (5-0) as he attempts to take the place of star receiver Jaylen Waddle, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Tennessee. Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Existing customers do not qualify for the specials! Next man up, we hear all the time. “It’s really a sad time for me,” Saban said. A lot of guys like Slade become very effective slot kind of players because they're quick out of a break,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. The Tide roster also includes redshirt sophomore Xavier Williams. As for now, Saban said following the game, Alabama has to continue with the players who are available. Possibly, though based on results through the first half of Alabama’s season additional depth will come from inexperienced players. He did a good job in the game, and he's one the guys that I was referring to when I said a lot of the guys had to step up.”. “His freshman year, we have a 7-on-7 tournament and this kid is just going off at receiver. Slade had a great performance, did the job. Alabama wide receiver Slade Bolden (18) caught six passes against Tennessee. Bolden has been a fixture of the offense for some time now, as he’s carved out a role as a wildcat or “Slade-cat” quarterback for short yardage or deceptive throws since last season. I mean if you go watch his high school highlights, I always like watching his highlights it gets me pretty fired up. Prep football: This isn't the first time Slade Bolden has stepped into the fire, Special offer: 1st month 99¢, then $7.99/month, Special offer - 1st year $59.99, then $69.99/year. Latest on Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Slade Bolden including complete game-by-game stats on ESPN Certain data provided by STATS, LLC. WATCH: Alabama defense preparing to lock down Mississippi State this weekend. Although Bolden will be the first one to tell you he is not the most talented player on the field, he has a Julian Edelman type mentality of outworking the person in front of him. We put him at defensive back, kick and punt returner,” Hunt said. In the beginning, Bolden was someone the Rebels used everywhere: he would at times spend a series at quarterback, a series at running back, and a series at wide receiver, all one after the other. Check out Slade Bolden's high school sports timeline including game updates while playing football and baseball at West Monroe High School from 2014 through 2018. Beyond that, there is one obvious option. While it was on the ground, the The ball rarely hit the air. For a limited time, for NEW SUBSCRIBERS ONLY a new monthly subscription is just $.99 cents for the first 30 days. But most of his receptions prior to this season came in a typical mop up fashion with a different quarterback in to supplement number 18. He’s a tough matchup for a safety, he’s so quick,” Hunt said. “For Jaylen Waddle and his family. He'll be asked to do the same for No. Are there others? “That’s where he belongs. His six catches for 94 yards against the Volunteers began to validate the decision. But most of his receptions prior to this season came in a typical mop up fashion with a different quarterback in to supplement number 18. Last year he had two receptions for 34 yards and working as a wildcat had four rushes for 10 yards and the former quarterback at West Monroe (La.) Don't let him fool you, he's got wheels pic.twitter.com/XW5jzkPBhL, — Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) October 28, 2020. It’s not the way Alabama fans or even Slade Bolden wanted it to happen, but the elusive receiver is finally getting his shot at some extensive playing time with Jaylen Waddle out for the season. You have permission to edit this article. Saban is not placing expectations on Bolden relative to what Waddle did before him, but such expectations may not bother him. 13 player in Louisiana by the outlet ... ranked as the No. But he's done a good job. When Alabama has a player injured, you can read the hurt on Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban’s face. Metchie said, “I was very confident when Slade Bolden came into the game. The third-year sophomore has played at wide receiver and on special teams and was Waddle’s backup on returns.