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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• Made the move to safety in 2015 and leads the SEC with five interceptions • Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist • Candidate for All-America and All-SEC honors • Ranks eighth nationally in interceptions with .50 per game • Returned two interceptions for touchdowns • Set the Alabama single-season interception return yards record with 230 • Sixth on the team with 36 tackles, including 26 solo stops and two pass breakups • Has two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery • Leads a secondary that is seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense and first in the SEC • FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week (Texas A&M)
JUNIOR (2015): Made the transition to safety in the spring of 2015 and excelled in the role ... leads the team in interceptions with five - two picks returned for touchdowns, a forced fumble and fumble recovery to go with his 36 tackles from the starting safety spot ... accumulated 230 return yards on his interceptions this season, shattering the previous all-time record of 163 by Hootie Ingram in 1952 across 10 interceptions ... tied for eighth nationally and leads the SEC with five interceptions ... earned FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance at Texas A&M ... one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back ... named as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his efforts against Georgia and at Texas A&M. Wisconsin: Made his first start at safety, recording six unassisted tackles - tied for second on the team - and the team’s first interception of the season with a return of 41 yards ... helped limit the Badger offense to just 268 yards of total offense and 17 points. Middle Tennessee: Manned the starting safety position for the second straight week, finishing the home opener with three tackles and a forced fumble ... also recorded a fumble recovery to account for one of the Tide’s season-high four turnovers. Ole Miss: Tallied five tackles, including a half tackle for a loss of one yard. ULM: Finished his day with one tackle against the Warhawks. Georgia: Recorded his first career interception return for a touchdown, picking off the Bulldog quarterback and returning the pass 50 yards for the score ... also added four tackles by day’s end ... the picksix was the Tide’s first since 2013 ... anchored a Tide secondary that limited UGA to 106 yards passing. Arkansas: Picked off his team-high third pass of the season returning it for 20 yards ... also added three tackles by night’s end. Texas A&M: Picked off two Aggie passes for 119 yards and a score ... his return yardage total was an Alabama all-time mark, surpassing Mark McMillian’s 98 from 1991 ... notched returns of 26 and 93 yards, with the 93 yarder going for a score and marking the third-longest pick-six in UA history ... also added two tackles and two pass breakups to his career day ... was key in helping limit the A&M offense to a season-low 23 points. Tennessee: Recorded three tackles in limited action ... suffered a right knee injury after running into a UT offensive lineman ... injury sidelined him for nearly two quarters. LSU: Finished with two tackles on the day, including one for a loss (-5 yards) ... helped limit the Tigers to 128 yards passing and only six completions. Mississippi State: Third on the team in tackles with seven total stops, including three solos.
SOPHOMORE (2014): Penciled in to be a starter at cornerback before tearing his ACL in spring practice ... returned to game action on Sept. 6 against FAU and started 10 of 11 games at cornerback, including nine straight ... registered 41 total tackles, including two for loss (-12 yards), one sack (-11 yards), an interception (18 yards), six pass breakups, one recovered fumble (16 yards) and two forced fumbles ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors after the FAU and Mississippi State games. FAU: Tied for second on the team with four tackles ... three of his tackles were solo, including one for a loss of a yard ... also forced one fumble. Southern Miss: Had one solo stop against the Golden Eagles. Arkansas: Started and made six solo tackles ... added a sack (-11 yards). Texas A&M: Made this fourth start of the season and recorded two tackles in just over a half of action in a 59-0 win over the Aggies where the Tide limited the SEC's top-ranked offense to just 172 yards. Tennessee: Recorded four solo tackles in Knoxville ... picked up a Volunteer fumble and returned it 16 yards to set up the Crimson Tide's fourth touchdown of the first half. LSU: Picked off his first pass of the season and returned it 18 yards to position Alabama for a field goal at the end of the first half ... finished with five tackles, three solo, and his first pass breakup of the season. Mississippi State: Recorded a season-high seven tackles and a career-best three pass breakups against the No. 1 Bulldogs. Auburn: Made five tackles with three solo stops against the Tigers. Missouri: Broke up a pass and made three total tackles with two solo stops in a 42-13 win over the Tigers to secure the SEC Championship. Ohio State: Started and made four solo tackles ... forced a fumble that set up a Crimson Tide touchdown and broke up one pass.
FRESHMAN (2013): Started four games at cornerback as a true freshman for Alabama and played in seven contests ... finished with 19 tackles including 16 solo stops and one tackle for loss (3 yards), added an interception, a quarterback hurry and three pass breakups ... returned a fumble 35 yards against Chattanooga ... named a Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff after the Arkansas game. Colorado State: Started against the Rams, with Deion Belue sidelined by a toe injury. Ole Miss: Started for the second straight week and played well against the Rebels high-powered offense ... helped the Tide post a shutout (25-0) ... made four tackles with three solo stops ... made his first career interceptions and broke up two other passes ... added a tackle for loss of three yards. Georgia State: Made two tackles and added a quarterback hurry as part of the Tide's first-team defense. Arkansas: Came off the bench as a reserve cornerback and earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors by the coaching staff ... had two solo tackles and recovered a fumble on kickoff coverage. Tennessee: Recorded one solo tackle at cornerback in the fourth quarter. Chattanooga: Came off the bench to see reps at cornerback ... recovered a fumble and returned it 35 yards. Oklahoma: Returned to the starting lineup at cornerback and made 10 tackles - nine solo - against the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Key addition for the Crimson Tide in the secondary for the 2013 class ... a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports ... ranks 157th in the Top247 and is the outlet's No. 5 athlete ... ranked as the No. 14 athlete in the 247Composite ... also ranked 21st in the state of Florida by 247Sports ... ESPN lists him as No. 54 wide receiver ... also rated as a wide out by Rivals.com where he was listed 48th ... the No. 48 wide receiver by Scout.com ... caught 37 passes for 792 yards and touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball as a senior in 2012 ... also contributed five interceptions, 66 tackles and one forced fumble on defense ... returned two interceptions for touchdowns ... coached by Wayne Blair at Boyd Anderson High School ... chose Alabama over LSU, Florida State, Arkansas and Tennessee.