Wide receiver Amari Cooper had eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in the winning effort, which took him past the 3,000 mark for career receiving yards, making him the first Alabama receiver to break past that plateau.
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OUTLOOK: An exciting athlete who has seen a variety of roles during his time at Alabama ... served as the backup quarterback in 2012 and 2013 ... a high school quarterback who contributed at running back for the Crimson Tide in 2011 ... has played in 23 career games and rushed for 355 yards on 67 carries (5.3 yards per carry) while throwing for 244 yards on 23-of-39 passing.
JUNIOR (2013): The Crimson Tide's backup quarterback who saw action in eight games ... rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and is 18-for-29 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns ... posted a quarterback rating of 133.2. Virginia Tech: Carried the ball twice for seven yards, in backup role at quarterback ... missed on his only pass attempt. Colorado State: His only pass attempt of the night in a reserve role went for 14 yards and a touchdown to redshirt freshman receiver Chris Black. Ole Miss: Filled in on the final drive and rushed twice for five yards. Georgia State: Produced the best numbers of his career in his most extensive playing time ... completed 14-of-18 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown ... found Black on a 10-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter ... also ran twice for 10 yards ... his long pass was a 26-yard connection with Kevin Norwood. Kentucky: Came off the bench in the fourth quarter and led the Crimson Tide to its final score in a 48-7 victory ... completed his only pass of 10 yards to Parker Barrineau. Arkansas: Led the Tide's second and third units to 10 points against the Hogs ... rushed four times for 17 yards ... was 0-for-3 passing. Tennessee: Came off the bench late in the fourth quarter to guide the offense ... attempted one pass but it was incomplete. Chattanooga: Saw extended action, taking over under center during the Tide's second drive of the third quarter ... ran four times for 21 yards with a long gain of 11 yards ... was 2-for-4 passing for 13 yards with a long gain of 11 yards.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Appeared in 10 games, mostly as a backup quarterback ... ran the ball 30 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns ... was 5-for-10 passing for 77 yards. Arkansas: Rushed twice for 25 yards and scored first career touchdown ... completed 9-yard pass. Florida Atlantic: Rushed six times for two yards and completed a pass for 35. Missouri: Rushed for 36 yards on one carry. Tennessee: Ran four times for 10 yards. Mississippi State: Rushed three times for 19 yards. Western Carolina: Ran the ball eight times for 70 yards, with a 5-yard touchdown ... 2-for-6 passing for 27 yards. Auburn: Ran the ball six times for 25 yards. Notre Dame: Came off the bench to play quarterback in relief of AJ McCarron in a 42-14 victory in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2011): Settled into his role at running back for Alabama in 2011 ... played in five games and rushed 22 times for 107 yards ... ran for six first downs and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Kent State: Saw his first career action and carried the ball six times for 16 yards. North Texas: Broke free with a 15-yard burst ... rushed three times for 13 yards. Vanderbilt: Carried the ball eight times for four yards ... caught two passes for 18 yards. Mississippi: Carried the ball five times for 74 yards with a long run of 45 yards.
FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted as a true freshman in 2010.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: An explosive athlete out of the state of Georgia where he twice earned AAA All-State honors by Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press (AP) in 2009 ... the four-star prospect played quarterback for head coach Bruce Miller's state runner-up squad in 2009 ... the No. 33 athlete nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 63 athlete by ESPNU ... rated eighth in the AJC's 2010 Top 50 prospects in Georgia ... No. 111 on The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... ranked as the No. 43 player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... a PrepStar All-American at quarterback ... completed 150-of-254 pass attempts as a senior for 2,288 yards ... threw for 28 touchdowns while carrying the ball 115 times for 863 yards (7.5 per carry) and 13 rushing touchdowns ... totaled 3,736 all-purpose yards and 49 total touchdowns ... threw for 2,785 yards as a junior in 2008 while rushing for 822 yards and 15 scores ... chose Alabama over Tennessee, Georgia, FSU, Michigan and Mississippi.