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There will be a lot happening on the night of the College Football Playoff semifinals. Just one event will be Calvin Ridley, the best receiving prospect in the 2018 class to many, perhaps playing in his final collegiate game against one of the best (if not the best) passing defenses in the country.
As a recruit
Ridley came into the Alabama Crimson Tide program as the highest-rated receiver in the 2015 freshman class. Given that Ridley was effectively two years older than the rest of that class, it wasn’t as hard for him to reach that level in high school. However, with any age advantage in college wiped out, Ridley has fared perfectly well.
Career receiving stats:
Statistics from Sports-Reference.com.
Ridley posting his best on-paper statistical season in his freshman season is a bizarre phenomenon, but can be explained without much difficulty. Most noticeably, the raw statistical drop between 2015 and 2017 can be explained by the games played column – Ridley actually has a higher yards per game mark in ‘17 than ‘15, and would have more receptions, too, if he were used in the same role.
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