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.
No. 1 Alabama goes on the road to face against Tennessee
OUTLOOK: Two years removed from a switch from receiver to cornerback, Jones flourished as an All-SEC perfromer in 2014 ... returns to anchor the position as a senior in 2015 as the Tide’s most experienced corner … will look to contend for All-SEC and All-America honors as a senior ... has played in 36 career games with 19 starts … has 54 career tackles, five interceptions and 20 pass breakups ... added 3.5 tackles for loss (20 yards) and one sack (10 yards) ... has 551 all-purpose yards (51 receiving, 327 kickoff returns, 143 punt returns and 2 rushing).
JUNIOR (2014): Earned one of the starting jobs at cornerback with a strong fall camp and played his way into second team All-SEC recognition (Associated Press) ... finished with 46 tackles, two tackles for loss (-10 yards), two forced fumbles, three interceptions (27 yards) and a team-high 13 pass breakups … forced a fumble at Ole Miss and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown ... also had four punt returns for 82 yards and four kickoff returns for 77 yards ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors against West Virginia, No. 14 LSU and No. 1 Mississippi State. West Virginia: Recorded a career-high seven tackles and one pass breakup. FAU: Had three solo tackles, a forced fumble and a 70-yard punt return, the longest of his career. Southern Miss: Tallied one solo stop versus the Golden Eagles. Florida: Added a pair of tackles, both solo, for the Tide defense. Ole Miss: Proved to be a playmaker on defense against the Rebels ... punched the ball loose from a Rebel running back late in the second quarter and returned it for a 17-yard touchdown ... made three tackles from his starting cornerback spot, all solo, and broke up two passes. Arkansas: Registered one tackle for a loss (-9 yards) ... added a pass breakup and returned two punts for seven yards. Texas A&M: Notched six tackles, including four solo stops as the Tide held the Aggies 218 yards below their season average in the passing game and 393 yards off their total offensive pace. Tennessee: Recorded three solo tackles in a 34-20 win in Knoxville ... intercepted his first pass of the season and added a pass breakup ... also returned kickoffs in the absence of Christion Jones with three for 57 yards. LSU: Broke up the Tigers’ fourth-down pass in overtime to secure the Crimson Tide’s 20-13 come-from-behind victory ... added an assisted tackle. Mississippi State: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff for the second straight week ... intercepted his second pass of the season against the Bulldogs, picking off Heisman candidate Dak Prescott in the end zone in the fourth quarter ... finished with four solo tackles and two pass breakups. Western Carolina: Recorded four tackles with two solo stops and one pass breakup. Auburn: Made a career-high eight tackles, including six solo stops against the Tigers. Missouri: The Tigers rarely challenged the Tide’s top cornerback ... made one tackle. Ohio State: Made two solo tackles while breaking up four Buckeyes’ passes ... intercepted his third pass of the season and returned it 32 yards to set up an Alabama touchdown.
SOPHOMORE (2013): Moved to the defensive side of the football in 2013 and has played significant minutes at cornerback ... made his first career start at cornerback against Tennessee and started five games ... played in 11 contests collecting 25 tackles with two interceptions and seven pass breakups ... added a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss (10 yards). Texas A&M: Came into the game for an injured Deion Belue and made a critical first-half interception of Johnny Manziel in the end zone ... made four solo tackles and one assisted stop in the game. Kentucky: Came off the bench at Kentucky to assist on one tackle. Arkansas: Recorded his second interception of the year and had two solo tackles. Tennessee: Logged his first career start at cornerback and made four tackles with two solo stops and two pass breakups. LSU: Started for the second straight game ... had five solo tackles ... recorded his first career sack on the Tigers' last play of the game. Mississippi State: Equaled his season-high with five tackles, including two solo stops ... assisted on a tackle for loss and broke up a pass. Chattanooga: Logged one solo tackle and broke up a pass as the Tide starters played just over a half of football and helped limit the Mocs to 175 yards of offense. Auburn: Started and made one solo tackle. Oklahoma: Came off the to make one solo tackle and breakup one pass
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 11 games as a true freshman, catching four passes for 51 yards ... returned 10 kicks for 250 yards ... also returned eight punts for 61 yards, with a long of 32 yards. Florida Atlantic: Caught one pass for 35 yards. Missouri: Latched onto one pass for four yards ... returned one kick for 23 yards and added a punt return for two yards. Tennessee: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... returned one kick 27 yards ... had four punt returns for 59 yards, including a long of 32. Mississippi State: One of the special teams players of the week by Alabama coaching staff ... returned two kicks for 76 yards, with a long of 41 ... also returned a punt for four yards. Texas A&M: Returned two kicks for 35 yards against the Aggies. Western Carolina: Caught two passes for 12 yards and returned a punt for no gain. Georgia: Returned four kicks for 89 yards, including a long return of 25 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A true athlete in every sense of the word ... clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash with a 37.5-inch vertical leap ... turned in a great performance at the Under Armour All-America Game ... Parade All-American ... a five-star wide receiver by Scout.com and the No. 45 player in the nation ... a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, 247sports.com and ESPNU ... the No. 20 player in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 athlete ... also ranked No. 4 in the ESPNU East Region and the No. 2 player in Maryland ... 247sports.com rated him as the No. 8 athlete and No. 76 in the Top247 ... also tabbed by 247sports.com as the state's No. 3 talent ... No. 79 in the Rivals100 ... Rivals.com listed him as the No. 6 athlete nationally and the third-best player in Maryland ... a SuperPrep All-American who was ranked 46th on the publication's Elite 50 list ... the No. 3 athlete nationally by SuperPrep and the No. 4 player in Maryland ... PrepStar All-American and All-Atlantic Region choice ... 2011 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year ... No. 76 in MaxPrep's Tom Lemming's Top 100 nationally and the No. 7 athlete ... consensus All-State player as a junior and senior ... Baltimore Sun All-Metro team in 2010 and 2011 ... played running back, slot and cornerback at Gilman High School, where he was coached by Biff Poggi ... Baltimore Sun 2011 Metro Offensive Player of the Year ... accounted for 2,365 all-purpose yards as a senior with 24 touchdowns while recording five interceptions on the defensive side of the ball ... chose Alabama over Virginia Tech, Auburn and Ohio State.