Alabama has been the undisputed best team in the country all season. Unsurprisingly, they have the best coach in the nation in Nick Saban, a Heisman-contending quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa, and apparently now they have the best wide receiver as well.
Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy has been named this year's winner of the Biletnikoff Award for the best receiver in all of college football.
The Biletnikoff Award for outstanding receiver goes to ... Alabama's Jerry Jeudy! pic.twitter.com/9GxmVc52TY— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 7, 2018
In 13 games this season, Jeudy scored 12 touchdowns and gained 1103 yards on 59 catches. These may be impressive numbers, but they are by no means at the top of college football. So, why did Jeudy earn this award?
Jerry Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award over Tylan Wallace and Andy Isabella. Here are their 2018 season stats. 樂— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) December 7, 2018
Wallace: 79 rec, 1,408 rec yds, 17.8 ypc, 11 rec TDs
Isabella: 102 rec, 1,698 rec yds, 16.6 ypc, 13 rec TDs
Jeudy: 59 rec, 1,103 rec yds, 18.7 ypc, 12 rec TDs
The two runner-ups for the award posted significantly gaudier numbers this year, leading many to believe that Jeudy won due to the "Alabama effect."
Both Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) and Tylan Wallace (#okstate) played five games against currently ranked opponents.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) December 7, 2018
In those games:
Wallace: 37 catches, 691 yards, 18.7 yards per catch, seven touchdowns
Jeudy: 26 catches, 397 yards, 15.3 yards per catch, two touchdowns
Regardless of whether or not Jeudy's raw numbers establish him as the best wide receiver in the country, there is absolutely no debating his skill. In one of the most high-powered offenses of all-time, the ball gets spread around in such a way that may prevent a player from putting up video game-like numbers, so to fault Jeudy for that is ludicrous.
The Crimson Tide wideout was the best in the country this year, no matter what the numbers may have against him.