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Julio and who's next?

Jones (8) and Maze (4) had plenty to celebrate during their UA careers.

When it comes to ranking Crimson Tide wide receivers in the Nick Saban era at Alabama that's the question. Really, it's a choice of either Marquis Maze or D.J. Hall for the No. 2 spot.

There's no denying Hall's numbers. There's also no denying that his lowest moments during the 2007 season symbolized the struggle Saban faced in changing the culture in Tuscaloosa.

As for Maze, after spending three seasons in Jones' sizeable shadow, he played a large role in the Crimson Tide's run to a second national title in three seasons. While he didn't produce Hall-like numbers as a receiver, Maze brought dependability to the position.

Ultimately, the final impression a player makes on his team (and its fans) is the one that sticks. And that's where Maze more than closed the gap.

1.] Julio Jones (2008-2010)
Why he's here: One of the most physically-gifted players to ever suit up for the Crimson Tide, Jones brought a toughness to the position seldom seen from a wide receiver. Saved some of his best performances for LSU, the second-best program in college football.
Claim to fame: A starter in all 40 games in which he appeared at Alabama, Jones led the Crimson Tide in receiving in each of his three seasons with the Crimson Tide. Ranks second in career receptions (179) and career receiving yards (2,653) on UA's all-time lists.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Jones turns the Tide against LSU.
Next level: Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (No. 6 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Jones caught 54 passes for 959 yards (17.8 ypc) and eight touchdowns. He had five 100-yard receiving games in 13 contests.

2.] Marquis Maze (2008-2011)
Why he's here: Second to Jones in receptions and receiving yards in the Saban era, Maze also impacted the kicking game as a return man. Doesn't have the size of some other guys on this list, but was tougher than most. Played in 54 games at Alabama, including 35 starts.
Claim to fame: Second-team All-SEC in 2011.
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Maze's punt return puts Hogs away
Next level: Signed undrafted free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft.

3.] D.J. Hall (2004-2007)
Why he's here: Wasn't exactly the poster child for the "Saban Way" in his lone season under UA's current head coach but Hall was certainly productive, catching 67 passes for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns in 2007. And any Alabama player who comes up big against Tennessee holds a special place in the hearts of Crimson Tide fans.
Claim to fame: Holds UA marks for receptions in a game (13 vs. Tennessee in 2007), career receptions (194) and career receiving yards (2,923).
Memorable moment: VIDEO: Hall goes over two Vols to make grab
Next level: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants following the 2008 NFL Draft. Also spent time in the CFL and AFL.

Next three: Darius Hanks (2007-2011); Matt Caddell (2004-2007); Mike McCoy (2006-2009).

Also see:
TRips: Top three CBs of Saban era
TRips: Top three ILBs of Saban era
TRips: Top three safeties of Saban era
TRips: Top three RBs of Saban era

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