Alabama Crimson Tide football players had this weekend off prior to the team’s travel to Miami for the Capital One Orange Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal.
However, you wouldn’t know it was a break by looking at what Alabama freshman wide receiver Jaylen Waddle did during his free time. Waddle was back in his native Houston area over the weekend, and he went through an intense personal workout regimen.
Video of Waddle training was posted on Twitter, and the footage can be seen below.
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Waddle, who was a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit in the class of 2018, has caught 41 passes for 803 yards and seven touchdowns during his first season in a Crimson Tide uniform. The freshman leads all Alabama receivers with an average of 19.59 yards per reception. Waddle is the primary punt return man for the Crimson Tide as well, with 226 return yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts.
You have to think Alabama will try to use Waddle’s big-play ability to exploit an Oklahoma secondary that struggled to defend the passing game for much of the season. Alabama is scheduled to leave for Miami on Monday morning.
“We’re getting what we need to get out of practice,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday. “I know this is tough on the players when you practice this many days in a row, but when we’ve done it where we spread it out more where they get rest in between, it just sort of grinds on you mentally. So they’ve had a good attitude about it and we’ve done a pretty good job in terms of the coaches being able to get some of the implementation that we need to get ready for this game.
“Oklahoma, like we talked about before, is a very challenging team in a lot of ways. They have a great offensive team and they score a lot of points and their defense seems to make plays when they need to.”
Alabama and Oklahoma are scheduled to kick off from Hard Rock Stadium at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, and the game will be televised on ESPN. The winner will play Notre Dame or Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.