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.
Alabama Football plays Southern Miss at Bryant Denny Stadium
OUTLOOK: Derrick Henry arrived in Tuscaloosa as high school football's all-time leading rusher and those skills were on showcase as his freshman season progressed ... a dynamic running back with exceptional size and speed who will be working for a breakout season as a sophomore in 2014 ... played in 12 career games, rushing for 10.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns.
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.