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
Alabama Football plays Western Carolina at Bryant Denny Stadium
OUTLOOK: Settled in as one of the Crimson Tide's starting wide receivers as a sophomore in 2012 and 2013 while working toward even more success in 2014 ... preseason All-American ... a valuable member of Alabama special teams as a kickoff and punt returner ... has played in 39 career games with 66 receptions for 766 yards and six touchdowns while returning 47 career punts for a 12.1-yard average and 31 kickoffs for 876 yards and two touchdowns.
JUNIOR (2013): Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year by the league coaches ... first team All-SEC by the coaches and second team by the Associated Press ... named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week following his performance against Virginia Tech in the opener, with touchdowns on a punt return, kickoff return and pass reception ... played in all 13 games, with seven starts at the slot receiver ... a six-time player of the week, earning offensive honors from the coaching staff following the Virginia Tech and Colorado State games and special teams accolades following the Texas A&M, Kentucky, Tennessee and Chattanooga games ... also named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after Virginia Tech game ... ranked eighth nationally in kickoff returns with a 28.7-yard average (631 on 22 returns), including a 94-yard touchdown ... third on the squad with 36 catches for 349 yards and two receiving touchdowns ... returned 23 punts for 321 yards, with a 72- and 75-yard touchdowns ... second in the SEC and 15th nationally in punt returns at 14.0 yards per return ... led the team with 36 explosive plays of 15 yards or more (seven receptions, 21 kickoff returns, one rush and seven punt returns) ... 16 of his catches converted first downs ... registered nine tackles in special teams coverage. Virginia Tech: Named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week after scoring touchdowns in three different ways: 94-yard kickoff return, 72-yard punt return and 38-yard touchdown reception ... also earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors ... finished with 256 all-purpose yards (109 on kickoff returns, 83 on punt returns and 46 receiving). Texas A&M: Caught one pass for 12 yards while returning four kickoffs for 83 yards. Colorado State: Had a career-high nine catches for 90 yards against the Rams ... also returned two kickoffs for 46 yards and four punts for 26 yard to total 162 all-purpose yards. Ole Miss: Four of his five catches gave Alabama a first down in 25-0 win over the Rebels ... finished with five receptions for 61 yards ... had grabs of 16 and 17 yards ... returned three punts. Georgia State: Caught three passes for 22 yards in limited action, as the Tide scored early and often in 45-3 win. Kentucky: Did a little of everything for Alabama in a 48-7 victory ... made three receptions for 23 yards ... rushed once time for 14 yards and a first down ... returned two kickoffs for 49 yards, with a long of 28 ... brought back three punts for 52 yards and a 17.3-yard average, including a long of 30. Arkansas: Caught three passes for 20 yards, with two producing first downs ... also returned one punt for 32 yards. Tennessee: Did almost everything for the Crimson Tide, returning two kickoffs for 106 yards with a long of 57, bringing back two punts for 19 yards, rushing once for 20 yards and catching one pass for six. LSU: Caught one pass and returned two kickoffs for 41 yards ... also made one tackle on special teams. Mississippi State: Caught five passes for 37 yards ... hauled in a 26-yard pass and converted two first downs ... returned one kick for 18 yards and one punt while making two tackles on special teams. Chattanooga: Returned his second punt of the season for a touchdown (75 yards) and caught two passes for 24 yards ... earned Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Auburn: Started at the slot receiver ... returned one punt for 19 yards while taking back two kickoffs for 43 yards ... caught one pass for seven yards to total 69 all-purpose yards.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Started 10 games and played in all 14 at the "H" wide receiver position while also serving as Alabama's starting punt returner and one of the Tide's two starting kickoff returners ... caught 27 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns ... returned 21 punts for 213 yards and a 10.1 yards per return average ... returned eight kickoffs for 213 yards, including the Tide's first return for a touchdown since 2010, a 99-yard return against Mississippi ... also made four tackles on special teams and six overall ... fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 800 (57.1 ypg) ... caught 17 passes that went for first downs or touchdowns (63 percent of his catches) ... had 11 explosive receptions of 15 yards or more. Michigan: Opened the season with four punt returns for 56 yards (long of 19). Western Kentucky: Caught three passes for 47 yards and pair of touchdowns ... returned three punts for 21 yards and assisted on a tackle on kickoff coverage. Arkansas: Caught three balls for 74 yards, with a long reception of 34 yards ... returned two punts for four yards. Florida Atlantic: Caught one pass for his third receiving touchdown ... returned four punts for a career-best 61 yards, including a long of 31 ... returned two kickoffs for 25 yards ... totaled 90 all-purpose yards. Mississippi: Named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the Alabama staff ... registered UA's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2010, covering nearly the entire field (99 yards) ... added two catches for 19 yards. Missouri: Rushed once for two yards, adding two receptions for 19 yards ... returned one kick for 15 yards and made two punt returns covering 33. Tennessee: Caught one pass for nine yards. Mississippi State: Named one of the Special Teams Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff ... did a little bit of everything against the Bulldogs ... ran once for four yards, caught one pass for 22 and recorded two solo tackles on special teams. LSU: Caught a season-high four passes for 40 yards, with a long reception of 16. Texas A&M: Caught three passes for 21 yards and returned one punt for five yards. Western Carolina: Caught a 29- yard touchdown pass ... returned three punts for 29 yards in 49-0 victory. Auburn: Caught three passes for 22 yards and recorded a solo tackle. Georgia: Turned a quick slant route into a 22-yard first-down reception ... returned one punt for eight yards. Notre Dame: Did a little bit of everything for Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship Game ... caught two passes for 40 yards, including a 27-yard corner route that set up the Tide's fourth touchdown with less than a minute to go before halftime ... both receptions converted first downs ... returned two kickoffs for 31 yards and a punt for one yard.
FRESHMAN (2011): One of the true freshmen who made an impact for Alabama in 2011 ... developed a niche at wide receiver ... also a backup punt returner ... finished with three catches for 49 yards while returning three punts for 33 yards ... played in 12 games ... also returned one kickoff for 32 yards. Kent State: Hauled in his first career catch with an eight-yard grab against the Golden Flashes ... also returned a punt 18 yards while making one solo tackle on special teams. Penn State: Saw his first action on the road as a reserve wide receiver. North Texas: Made his most significant contribution to date with two receptions for 41 yards, including a 30 yard-catch that he took inside the 5-yard line ... returned one punt for no gain. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Came off the bench after the loss of Marquis Maze to injury to play a key role on special teams for the Tide ... returned one kickoff 32 yards and had one punt return for 15 yards, while also successfully fielding three fair catches.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was a four-star defensive back out of Minor High School ... rated as one of the state's top athletes ... the No. 10 cornerback nationally by ESPNU ... the No. 8 player in Alabama by Rivals.com and the publication's No. 18 safety ... a two-time first team 6A Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection ... ranked as the No. 29 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ... the No. 12 player in Alabama by SuperPrep ... Rivals.com ranked him fifth among defensive backs nationally in ball skills ... No. 7 on The Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 87 on the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... a versatile athlete who ran for 1,010 yards and 19 total touchdowns as a senior with two kickoff returns for scores while making 57 tackles and intercepting four passes in 2010 ... as a junior in 2009, recorded 65 tackles with seven interceptions and scored seven touchdowns ... chose Alabama over offers from Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Iowa, UCLA and Texas A&M.