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: Derrick Henry arrived in Tuscaloosa as high school football’s all-time leading rusher and those skills have been on showcase during his first two seasons at Alabama … a dynamic running back with exceptional size and speed, who will be working to seize the starting job in 2015 … has played in 26 career games with one start, rushing for 6.6 yards per carry with 17 total touchdowns ... rushed for 1,372 career yards with six receptions for 194 yards and three scores.
SOPHOMORE (2014): A dynamic running back with exceptional size and speed ... finished the year with 990 rushing yards on 172 carries ... averaged 5.8 yards per carry with 11 rushing touchdowns ... became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier with 1,372 career yards on 207 carries ... had five receptions for 133 yards and two receiving touchdowns ... played in all 14 games with two starts ... had 21 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more while converting 47 first downs, including four on third down ... three of his five receptions were explosive, taking screen passes 29, 41 and 52 yards, respectively ... Alabama Offensive Player of the Week after the Florida game. West Virginia: Recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing performance and third of his career with 113 yards on 17 carries against the Mountaineers ... averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored one touchdown. FAU: Rushed five times for 23 yards against the Owls, helping Alabama total 190 yards on the ground. Southern Miss: Rushed 11 times for 73 yards ... had two rushes of 12 yards or more, including a long of 21 yards. Florida: Notched his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season going for 111 yards on 20 carries against the Gators ... converted three first downs and had two explosive plays ... long rush was 29 yards and added one rushing touchdown ... caught one screen pass and turned it into a 29-yard gain ... finished with 140 all-purpose yards. Ole Miss: Rushed 17 times for 37 yards ... converted two first downs. Arkansas: Carried the ball seven times for 25 yards with a long rush of eight yards ... converted one first down on the ground, coming on third down. Texas A&M: Rushed 10 times for 70 yards for a 7.0 yards per carry average ... long rush was 13 yards ... scored one touchdown on the ground and one in the air ... turned his only reception into a 43-yard touchdown ... finished with 111 all-purpose yards. Tennessee: Rushed 16 times for 70 yards and a touchdown ... had two explosive rushes with a long of 28 yards ... converted three first downs, including one on third down. LSU: Ran eight times for 24 yards ... carried twice for nine yards in overtime, including an eight-yard run on first down from the 15-yard line. Mississippi State: Ran for 36 yards on 11 carries with a long of nine yards ... scored his fifth rushing touchdown with a one-yard plunge in the second quarter. Western Carolina: Made his first career start and gained 92 yards rushing for a 7.7 yards per carry average ... scored three touchdowns with two rushing and one receiving on a nine-yard catch ... had three explosive rushes of 12 yards or more and six first-down rushes on 12 carries. Auburn: Only had five carries, but made the most of them with a 14.4 yards per carry average ... broke off a 49-yard run that set up a 25-yard touchdown run two plays later ... finished with 72 yards rushing. Missouri: Ran for a career-high 141 yards while matching his career-high with 20 carries, scoring twice ... broke free on three explosive runs of 12 yards or more, including a long of 45 yards where he was tackled at the one-yard line ... had seven first-down rushes. Ohio State: Rushed 13 times for 95 yards and one touchdown ... added two receptions for 54 yards, including a 52-yarder ... accounted for 149 all-purpose yards on 15 touches (9.9 yards per touch).
FRESHMAN (2013): A true freshman who saw action in 12 games ... totaled 382 rushing yards on 35 carries for a 10.9 yards per carry average ... rushed 10 times (28.6 percent) for 12 yards or more while converting 17 first downs ... took his one pass reception to the end zone for a 61-yard catch and run in the Sugar Bowl ... contributed three tackles on special teams ... registered two 100-yard game (111 vs. Arkansas and 100 vs. Oklahoma). Virginia Tech: Earned playing time in his first game at the Capstone ... carried the ball once. Colorado State: Gained four yards on one carry. Ole Miss: Broke loose for 18 yards on two carries, including a 12-yard run that moved the chains. Georgia State: Averaged 10.0 yards per carry for a season-best 50 yards ... had a long run of 17 yards. Kentucky: Gained 16 yards on three carries, with one 11-yard burst. Arkansas: Registered his first 100-yard rushing game, going for 111 yards on six carries against the Hogs ... broke loose for a season-long, 80-yard touchdown run ... converted two first downs and had two explosive plays (12-plus yards) ... also forced a fumble of the opening kickoff of the second half, as the Tide recovered and turned the possession into a touchdown. Tennessee: With the Tide backed inside the Volunteers' 5-yard line late in the game, he bounced a rush to the outside and gained 20 yards ... finished with 23 yards on three carries, while also playing on special teams. Chattanooga: Averaged 11 yards per carry, going for 66 yards on six totes ... scored one touchdown on a five-yard run in the second quarter ... long rush was 27 yards ... had two rushes of over 12 yards and converted three first downs. Auburn: Made one assisted tackle on special teams. Oklahoma: Served as the Crimson Tide's No. 2 running back in the game and rushed for a game-high 100 yards on eight carries ... rushed for one touchdown on a 43-yard burst and turned the first reception of his career into a 61-yard touchdown ... totaled 161 all-purpose yards against the Sooners and also made a tackle on special teams ... averaged 12.5 yard per rush and 17.9 yards per touch.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A five-star prospect that is listed as the nation's No. 1 athlete and No. 4 running back prospect ... member of the 2012 All-USA Football Team, chosen by USA Today ... 2012 Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year ... broke Ken Hall's 51-year-old national high school rushing record with 12,124 yards after rushing for 4,261 yards as a senior in 2012 ... Parade Magazine All-American and the publication's National Player of the Year ... played for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, rushing for 53 yards with a touchdown and a two-point conversion ... MaxPreps National Player of the Year and first-team All-American ... finished his high school career with 153 rushing touchdowns, which ranks fifth all time, including 55 in 2012 ... arrived at Alabama as an early enrollee in January of 2013 ... five-star prospect by ESPN, 247sports and Scout.com ... No. 9 in the ESPN150 and the outlets No. 1 athlete ... ranks sixth by ESPN in Florida and eighth in the southeast region ... the No. 3 player in Florida by 247Sports and the No. 1 athlete nationally while ranking 12th in its Top247 ... the No. 4 athlete by Rivals.com and the No. 70 player in the Rivals100 ... MaxPrep's (Tom Lemming) No. 2 running back and No. 13 player nationally ... Sporting News' No. 2-ranked running back and No. 5 player overall ... PrepStar All-American and member of the PrepStar Dream Team ... set the Florida high school record with a 510-yard performance against Jacksonville Jackson and averaged 9.2 yards per carry and 327.8 yards per game as a senior ... 2012 first-team All-State selection by the Associated Press and was the Player of the Year on the All-First Coast team ... named the 2012 Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National High School Player of the Year ... rushed for 2,610 yards and 34 scores as a junior in 2011 to earn first-team All-Coast honors from the Florida Times-Union ... also a first-team All-Coast running back in 2010 after rushing for 2,788 yards and 38 touchdowns while averaging 8.9 yards per attempt ... went for 2,465 yards and 26 scores as a freshman in 2009 ... coached by Bobby Ramsay at Yulee High School ... chose the Crimson Tide over a myriad of schools, including Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Southern California and Florida State.