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: Took over as Alabama's starting tight end in 2013 and returns to reprise his role again as a senior in 2014 ... the most experienced and polished tight end on the Alabama roster ... has seen action in 35 games at the Capstone, making 12 starts ... has 11 career receptions for 98 yards ... won the Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award in the spring of 2012.
JUNIOR (2013): Started 12 games in 2013 and made eight catches for 71 yards and a touchdown ... four of his eight receptions went for first downs ... earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Crimson Tide coaching staff following the Texas A&M and Mississippi State victories ... missed the Chattanooga game with a sprained ankle. Virginia Tech: Started but did not catch a pass against the Hokies. Texas A&M: Made a career-high three catches for a career-best 24 yards ... his long grab was for eight yards ... recorded two first-down receptions. Colorado State: Caught two passes for 13 yards and one first down. Ole Miss: Had one reception for seven yards. Georgia State: Caught one pass for nine yards in the Tide's win. Mississippi State: Earned Offensive Player of the Week accolades from the Alabama coaching staff ... hauled in his first career touchdown on an 18-yard catch and run against the Bulldogs.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Appeared in all 14 games as the backup tight end ... caught two passes for 21 yards ... earned starts against Mississippi and Western Carolina ... made one reception for five yards vs. Mississippi and one for a career-best 16 yards against Florida Atlantic.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2011): Played in nine games as a backup tight end for the Crimson Tide ... had one catch for six yards. Kent State: Caught his first career pass with a six yard grab against the Golden Flashes ... the six-yard reception also converted a first down for the Tide.
FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted as a true freshman in 2010.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Came to the Capstone as one of the top tight end prospects in the nation ... rated the No. 7 tight end prospect nationally by ESPNU and ranked 132nd overall in the ESPNU 150 ... Rivals.com rated him the ninth-rated tight end, No. 213 in the Rivals100 and No. 15 in the state of Georgia, while Scout.com listed him as the No. 13 tight end prospect ... No. 62 in Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 and the No. 38 player in Georgia in Atlanta Journal-Constitution's 2010 Top 50 ... an All-American by SuperPrep ... the publication's No. 9 tight end nationally and the No. 15 player in Georgia ... Tom Lemming's No. 14 tight end ... a PrepStar All-American at tight end ... caught 15 passes for 351 yards (23.4 yards per catch) and six touchdowns as a senior, while recording 48 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks on the defensive side of the football ... hauled in a career-best 21 receptions for 465 yards (21.7 ypc) and six scores as a junior in 2008, earning Atlanta Journal-Constitution first team All-State honors ... made eight catches for 165 yards and three TDs in 2007 ... played for head coach Blair Harrison at Brookstone High School ... chose Alabama over Oklahoma, LSU and Florida State.