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.
OUTLOOK: The Crimson Tide's most experienced nose guard in 2014 ... the senior from Memphis has played in 29 career games in the middle of the Alabama defensive line, making 13 starts ... has 51 career tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards), a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.
JUNIOR (2013): Started 12 games at nose guard in Alabama's 3-4 defense ... honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press ... his 24 tackles included eight solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss (5 yards), plus one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry ... missed the Tennessee game due to medical reasons. Virginia Tech: In his second career start, made two assisted tackles in win over the Hokies at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M: Added two more assisted tackles in win over the No. 6 Aggies in College Station. Colorado State: In the Tide's home opener, notched four total stops, including three solo tackles. Ole Miss: Had one quarterback hurry and a pass breakup in 25-0 win over the Rebels. Georgia State: Plugged the middle of the Tide defense, helping hold the Panthers to 15 yards while making two tackles ... had one tackle for loss of four yards. Kentucky: Registered one solo stop while helping limit the Wildcats to 170 yards in 48-7 victory at Commonwealth Stadium. Arkansas: Made three solo tackles against Arkansas offense that managed only 256 total yards. LSU: Recorded three tackles with two solo stops ... helped plug up the middle as the Tide allowed only 53 yards rushing. Chattanooga: Registered one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the Mocs to just 175 yards ... starters played just one series into the second half. Auburn: Made to assisted tackles against the Tigers. Oklahoma: Recorded two assisted tackles against the Sooners.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Played in 13 games (one start), with 22 tackles, a quarterback hurry and fumble recovery ... backed up at nose guard, but was a regular in the defensive line rotation. Michigan: Solo tackle vs. No. 8 Wolverines. Western Kentucky: First career start ... recovered a fumble and forced QB hurry. Arkansas: Registered solo tackle in shutout win. Florida Atlantic: Assisted on one tackle. Mississippi State: Assisted on two tackles and helped hold Bulldogs to 47 yards rushing. LSU: Assisted on season-high five tackles during key win. Texas A&M: Assisted on three tackles. Western Carolina: Four tackles, one for loss of three yards. Auburn: Totaled three tackles (two solo) in Iron Bowl win. Georgia: Assisted on one tackle in SEC title-game win. Notre Dame: Came off the bench to record one solo tackle in a 42-14 win over the Irish.
2011 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in four games as a reserve defensive lineman ... recorded at least one tackle in three of the four contests. Kent State: Recorded his first career tackle in the season opener. Vanderbilt: Assisted on a tackle in the win against the Commodores. Georgia Southern: Made his biggest contribution of the season, tallying three tackles against the Eagles.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted as a true freshman in 2010.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A late commit to the Crimson Tide's 2010 ... a big, run-stuffing nose guard who fits Alabama's 3-4 defensive scheme ... a three-star lineman ... ranked 73rd among defensive linemen by Rivals.com ... registered 45 tackles at West High School in Memphis, Tenn., in 2009 for head coach Marcus Winberly ... chose Alabama over Memphis and Southern Mississippi.