With John Metchie III sitting out of spring practice because of an injury, other guys have had the opportunity to step up on the outside and Traeshon Holden took full advantage.

His performance on Saturday during Alabama's spring game was overshadowed a little bit with early enrollee Agiye Hall making some acrobatic catches. Nonetheless, Holden led all Crimson Tide receivers with nine receptions for 89 yards against Alabama’s first-team defense. He developed a connection with quarterback Bryce Young early and put on a show in front of 47,000-plus in attendance.

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"I think Trae's continuing to work hard," receiver Slade Bolden said. "I think he's starting to understand what we expect from him, and he's done a good job putting in the work and he had a good day today. I hope he continues to do that."

Holden was rated as a four-star recruit coming out of Narbonne high school in Harbor City, California. 247Sports had him ranked as the No. 32 wide receiver and No. 185 player overall in the 2020 recruiting cycle. He is a big, lengthy receiver on the outside standing at 6-foot-3, 208 pounds.

As a freshman last season, Holden appeared in five games after the injury to Jaylen Waddle, but did not record any stats.

In a crowded wide receiver room, Holden is beginning to separate himself. Holden will continue battling Javon Baker, Agiye Hall, Xavier Williams and Ja’Corey Brooks in the summer and in fall camp for a starting position this season.

Alabama will open its season on Sept. 4 against Miami in Atlanta.

Alabama Crimson Tide All-Time Receiving Leaderboard