AJ McCarron throws for five touchdowns and 319 yards while T.J. Yeldon rushes for 101 yards and two scores
AJ McCarron throws for 291 yards and four touchdowns
Crimson Tide work in shorts and helmets and welcome nine newcomers to the practice field
The title, Alabama's third in the past four seasons, concluded a 13-1 season for the Tide
2012 (FRESHMAN): Has started the past eight games while playing in all 13 ... Freshman All-American by Sporting News and Collegefootballnews.com ... SEC All-Freshman Team selection by the league coaches ... leads Alabama with 53 receptions for 895 yards and nine touchdowns ... the nine touchdowns are an UA freshman record and are tied for the second-most by any player in school history ... stands five receptions (58) and 29 yards (924) away from tying those Tide freshman records (set by current Atlanta Falcons standout Julio Jones) ... team-best 36 receptions (67.9 percent) that have resulted in first downs and 26 receptions of 15-plus yards ... caught at least four passes in eight of the past 10 games ... his 4.08 catches per game ranks 10th in the SEC while his 68.9 receiving yards are seventh in the league ... has four 100-yard receiving games, including three during the past four contests ... Alabama offensive player of the week following the Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Auburn games. Michigan: Had reception pass for 15 yards in his collegiate debut, against a top-10 Wolverines squad. 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 season-long 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).
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.