Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
No. 1 Alabama goes on the road to face against Tennessee
2012 (FRESHMAN): Earned consensus Freshman All-America honors from FWAA, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com ... started the final nine games while playing in all 14 ... selected to the SEC All-Freshman team by the league coaches ... led Alabama with 59 receptions for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns ... the 11 touchdowns broke the 62-year-old record of Al Lary (10 in 1950) ... broke Julio Jones' freshman records (58/924) with 59 receptions for 1,000 yards ... his 59 receptions rank sixth in program history while his 1,000 yards is tied for the fourth-best single-season mark ... had a team-best 41 receptions (69.5 percent) that resulted in first downs and 29 explosive receptions of 15-plus yards or longer ... caught at least four passes in nine of the final 11 games of the season ... averaged 6.3 receptions (19) for 342 yards in the final three games of the season (Auburn, Georgia and Notre Dame) ... his 4.21 catches per game ranked ninth in the SEC while his 71.43 receiving yards were sixth in the league ... had five 100-yard receiving games, including four in the final five games of the year ... Alabama offensive player of the week following the Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Auburn games. Michigan: Made a 15-yard reception in his collegiate debut against the Wolverines. Western Kentucky: Caught two passes for 12 yards in win against the Hilltoppers. Arkansas: Had two catches for 46 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown from AJ McCarron. Florida Atlantic: Caught four passes for 65 yards (long of 23). Mississippi: Grabbed a season-high eight passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns ... scored on a 16-yard catch and again on a 12-yard reception. Missouri: Accounted for 41 yards receiving on four catches ... caught 27-yard pass and converted two first downs. Tennessee: Set an Alabama freshman record with 162 receiving yards on seven receptions ... snared two touchdowns on grabs of 23 and 42 yards ... also had a 30-yard touchdown catch called back for illegal procedure ... had one tackle on special teams ... posted first 100-yard game of his young career (second multiple-TD performance) ... long catch of 54 yards saw him high-point the ball over a defender and come down in stride for added yardage ... six of his seven receptions resulted in a first down and three went for 23-plus yards. Mississippi State: Caught four passes for 47 yards in his third straight start ... had two receptions for first down and two of 15-plus yards, including a long of 25. LSU: Started but did not have a catch. Texas A&M: Earned Alabama offensive player of the week honors after catching a team-high six passes for game-high 136 yards ... hauled in his sixth touchdown of the season on 54-yard strike from McCarron. Western Carolina: Led team with two receptions for 50 yards, including a 36-yard strike from McCarron to the one-yard line. Auburn: Accounted for a game-high five receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns ... long catch was a 37-yard touchdown. Georgia: His 45-yard touchdown reception with 3:15 remaining in the game proved to be the difference in 32-28 win over the Bulldogs in SEC Championship Game ... matched his season high with eight receptions (128 yards). Notre Dame: Had two touchdown grabs - his fourth-multiple-touchdown game of the season - to go along with six receptions for 105 yards ... five of his catches converted first downs for the Crimson Tide and three counted as explosive plays of 15 yards or more ... the 105 receiving yards gave him 1,000 for the season, only the fourth wide receiver (fifth time) in school history to break the 1,000-yard barrier.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A fast-riser in the scouting services, Cooper showed why he was one of the nation's best at the Under Armour All-America Game where he had a 75-yard touchdown grab and a 93-yard punt return for a score ... a consensus four-star prospect ... No. 45 in the Rivals100 and ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver and No. 8 player in Florida ... ESPNU lists him as the nation's No. 7 wide out and No. 46 in the ESPNU 150 while ranking 25th in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and No. 12 in Florida ... 247sports.com has him the No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 10 player in the state of Florida while ranking him 56th in the Top247 ... Scout.com rates him as the No. 12 pass catcher ... PrepStar All-Southeast Region selection ... No. 13 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... a SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 14 wide receiver ... a first-team Florida High School Sports Association 8A All-State selection ... ranked fourth the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 ... also listed as the No. 11 player in Florida by SuperPrep ... caught 33 passes for 722 yards as a senior after hauling in 16 grabs for 175 yards and four scores in 2010 ... coached by Billy Rolle at Miami Northwestern ... chose Alabama over Florida State, Miami and Ohio State.