Nick Saban Talks About How Jermaine Burton Can Improve
Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton is back in 2023. The Georgia transfer had his debut season with the Crimson Tide last fall, and on Thursday night, Alabama head coach Nick Saban touched on some of the ways the wideout can improve this year.
"He's got a lot of talent and a lot of ability," Saban said. "I think consistency and performance [are important], which would come from trusting and believing and doing the little things right, whether it's getting the right depth on a route, seeing the coverage as it is- just holding himself a little bit more accountable to paying attention to detail."
In 2022, Burton averaged 16.9 yards per catch and had 677 receiving yards. He had a career-best seven touchdowns, catching more passes (40) than he did in either of his two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Burton scored two touchdowns in the same game twice last season, against Utah State and against Austin Peay. In the contest with the Governors, he tallied his season high in single game receiving yards with 128. Burton had 87 yards and a touchdown in the most recent Alabama game, the Sugar Bowl.
Time will tell how Burton- and the rest of Alabama's receiving corps- adjusts to a new signal caller with Bryce Young departing for the NFL. The quarterback battle between Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson remains one of the most intriguing storylines of the Crimson Tide offseason.
"When he does [the little things] right, he's an outstanding player," said Saban. "Hopefully, if we can get him to do that, he'll be able to play with a little more consistency."
Alabama's A-Day, the culmination of the team's spring practice, is scheduled for April 22. The Crimson Tide season opener is set for September 2.