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01/10/18 - Alabama junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley is entering the NFL draft. Ridley announced his decision in a Twitter post Wednesday, two days after the Crimson Tide won the second national championship of his three-year career. Widely projected as a first-round pick, Ridley easily led the Tide in receiving. He had 63 catches for 967 yards while no other wide receiver caught more than 14 balls. Ridley's 7-yard touchdown catch with 3:49 left tied the title game against Georgia and Alabama won 26-23 in overtime. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is second in school history with 220 career catches and third with 2,749 yards. He tied Dennis Homan for second in career touchdown catches with 18. Alabama has several players with eligibility left who are projected high in the draft, including defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. - AP College Football
01/10/18 - Less than 48 hours after Alabama's dramatic win over Georgia in the national championship game, three players for the Crimson Tide announced their intention to enter the NFL Draft. Ridley, who had 63 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns this season, later confirmed his future plans via social media. "Preparing for a life after college football, regardless of what your future may hold, can be a scary proposition for many athletes especially those who DID NOT attend the University of Alabama," Ridley wrote on Twitter. "Having been thoroughly prepared for that next step, I am truly ready, because in the beginning, I chose THE RIGHT SCHOOL." Projected to be a first-round draft pick, Ridley finished his career with the Crimson Tide with 224 receptions for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
01/08/18 - Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley is likely a first-round NFL draft pick regarded as one of the nation's best at his position, but you might not have noticed watching the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's last couple of games. A run-oriented offense with a scrambling quarterback doesn't always throw the ball his way with the same regularity that other offenses target their best receivers going into the national championship game Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Georgia's Javon Wims and Terry Godwin are in a similar situation, even if they're not as heralded. And none are complaining.
"I play for a championship every year," Ridley said. "I'm very happy at this school. I know what I'm capable of and once I do get those touches I'll make it happen." The three receivers enter the title game with two 100-yard receiving games between them, both courtesy of Ridley . Thirty FBS players have 1,000 receiving yards, and none of them will be in this game. Ridley is one deep ball away from joining them with 935 yards and four touchdowns. He's regarded by some analysts as the top receiving prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. "He's a great receiver," Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts said. "He makes plays, he knows how to get open, and he's a really good player and a really hard player to stop." - AP College Football
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama,...Junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and sophomore defensive lineman Raekwon Davis were first-team selections on defense. Sophomore offensive lineman Jonah Williams and junior receiver Calvin Ridley received first-team honors on offense while senior punter JK Scott was tabbed as the first-team punter. The first-team honors are the third for Scott (2014, 2016) and second for Fitzpatrick (2016). Ridley was a second-team selection in 2015 and 2016. - Alabama Football
11/12/17 - A 30-game regular-season winning streak was in danger of being snapped on Saturday night for No. 2 Alabama. No. 16 Mississippi State put a jolt in the Crimson Tide before two fourth-quarter scores had Alabama sneaking out with a 31-24 win to remain unbeaten. The Bulldogs ate up 38:16 of the clock but the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC) needed just 44 seconds to win the game as Jalen Hurts found DeVonta Smith on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds left in the game for the win. With top-ranked Georgia losing to Auburn earlier in the day, Alabama is poised to move back to No. 1. Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) rushed for 172 yards in the game, the most by a Dan Mullen team vs. Alabama. Aeris Williams had 22 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
The game was tied at 14 at the half thanks to two rushing touchdowns by each team. The Bulldogs struck first with Williams scoring from 11 yards out. Calvin Ridley's 61-yard catch set up Hurts' 1-yard run on the following possession for a 7-7 tie at the end of one quarter. The teams traded blows again in the second as Williams scored again on a 5-yard plunge, but Alabama answered once again with a 1-yard touchdown by Josh Jacobs. The Crimson Tide came out of the half with a quick score, getting the ball inside the 10-yard line before being held to a 30-yard field goal from Andy Pappanastos giving the Tide its first lead at 17-14. It was Mississippi State with the answer this time, as the Bulldogs drove 69 yards on 13 plays and Nick Fitzgerald scored on a 2-yard run for a 21-17 lead heading to the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange