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Which first-year players played vs. Oklahoma

Top-ranked Alabama advanced to 14-0 (8-0 SEC) with its 45-34 win over Oklahoma on Saturday. And in the Capital One Orange Bowl, a total of six true freshmen from Alabama’s No. 5-ranked signing class from the 2018 recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite, entered the Crimson Tide’s semifinal game played inside of Hard Rock Stadium.   

Three of the six freshmen that saw the field Saturday have now appeared in all 14 of the Tide’s regular-season contests, and with a new redshirt rule that allows student-athletes to play in up to four games and still maintain a year of future eligibility, they clearly can no longer redshirt. They are Patrick Surtain II, Jaylen Waddle and Ale Kaho. Five other first-year student-athletes have played in five or more games this season, also eliminating them from being able to redshirt.  

Six freshmen have participated in at least one game this year, but not more than four, so they could be destined for another appearance or two this postseason before things shut down and they return next year as a redshirt freshman. We’ll continue to monitor their participation.   

Alabama scholarship freshmen that have yet to play in a game this season include Jalyn Armour-Davis, Tommy Brown, Christian Barmore, Michael Parker and Layne Hatcher.   

With the 14th game of the 2018 season behind us, we keep track all the true freshmen that entered the game against the Sooners in Alabama’s playoff game and throughout the season. 

PATRICK SURTAIN II 

No. 1 CB, No. 6 overall in 2018 rankings   

Surtain made the 11th consecutive start of his career at cornerback. The former 5-star recruit had a tough time with Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who eight receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown — although there might have been a push off or two. In the game, Surtain recorded three tackles while also playing on special teams (punt returns and punts).

JAYLEN WADDLE   

No. 5 WR, No. 39 overall in 2018 ranking   

With Alabama’s three sophomore starters healthy, Waddle was the first wide receiver off the bench and caught two passes for 20 yards on three targets. He also fielded punts with no returns. 

ALE KAHO   

No. 7 ILB, No. 133 overall in 2018 rankings   

Kaho was used on all four special teams — kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return. The late addition to Alabama’s 2018 signing class recorded one special teams tackle against Oklahoma.   

JOSH JOBE   

No. 14 CB, No. 109 overall in 2018 rankings   

Jobe lined up on punt returns, but he did not record any stats. The first-year corner was blocked into Waddle, who was trying to return a punt, and had to visit the medical tent. But he returned. 

JAYLEN MOODY   

No. 49 ILB in 2018 rankings   

Moody lined up on kickoff returns and punts, but he did not record any stats.

EYABI ANOMA

No. 1 WDE, No. 4 overall in 2018 rankings 

Alabama’s participation chart showed Anoma, but the former 5-star recruit did not record any stats. 

TRACKING FRESHMEN PARTICIPATION   

Below, we track how many games Alabama’s freshmen have appeared in in 2018.    

1. Eyabi Anoma (12) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn, Oklahoma 

2. Patrick Surtain II (14) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma  

3. Jaylen Waddle (14) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma 

4. Stephon Wynn (3) — Ole Miss, UL-Lafayette, Missouri       

5. Josh Jobe (13) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma 

6. Emil Ekiyor (2) — Ole Miss, The Citadel    

7. Cameron Latu (2) — Louisville, Arkansas State       

8. Ale Kaho (14) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma 

9. Xavier Williams (1) — Louisville       

10. Jerome Ford (4) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, UL-Lafayette     

11. Eddie Smith (6) — UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, The Citadel, Georgia   

12. Slade Bolden (1) — Louisville         

13. Jaylen Moody (13) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UL-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, The Citadel, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma 

14. Skyler DeLong (5) — Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Missouri 

Contact Charlie Potter by 247Sports’ personal messaging or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).

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