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: Chose to return for his senior season after an outstanding junior campaign ... a junior college transfer who arrived in January of 2014 and bolstered the Alabama defensive front ... led all defensive linemen with 55 tackles, the most for a down lineman since Wallace Gilberry in 2007.
JUNIOR (2014): Earned All-SEC honorable mention from the Associated Press ... played in all 14 games with 13 starts ... finished with 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards), one sack (-1 yard) and five pass breakups ... had the most tackles by a defensive lineman since Wallace Gilberry in 2007 ... had 23 combined tackles against LSU and Mississippi State after 20 stops in the first eight contests ... earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Florida game. West Virginia: Made two tackles and batted down one Clint Trickett pass. FAU: Made one assisted tackle. Southern Miss: Had one solo stop against the Golden Eagles. Florida: Recorded a career-best five tackles with a tackle for loss (-2 yards) and broke up a pass. Ole Miss: Started and made two assisted tackles while breaking up one pass. Arkansas: Registered his first career sack while making a career-high five tackles — all solo ... also batted down a career-best two passes at the line of scrimmage. Texas A&M: Started and made one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the SEC’s top-ranked offense to just 172 total yards and a mere 31 yards rushing. Tennessee: Notched three tackles with a solo stop. LSU: Recorded a game- and career-high 15 tackles against the Tigers in Death Valley ... helped limit the nation’s No. 14 team to just 3.3 yards per rush. Mississippi State: Made eight tackles against the top-ranked Bulldogs ... had seven assisted stops and half of a tackle for loss as the Tide held MSU to 117 rushing yards below its season average. Western Carolina: Had one solo tackle and helped limit the Catamounts to minus-eight yards rushing. Auburn: Recorded four total tackles in a 55-44 win over the No. 15 Tigers, including three solo stops and one tackle for loss (-2 yards). Missouri: Made four tackles with two solo stops while helping the Tide limit the Tigers to just 41 yards rushing ... made a career-best two tackles for loss (-7 yards). Ohio State: Registered three solo tackles against the Buckeyes.
PREVIOUS SCHOOLS AND PERSONAL DATA: Arrived at Alabama as one of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country, after starring at East Mississippi Community College … earned NJCAA All-Region honors in 2013 while helping EMCC win the NJCAA national championship … finished sixth on the 2013 EMCC team with 66 total stops, including 41 solo tackles … added 5.5 tackles for loss (12 yards) and 3.5 sacks (7 yards) … broke up two passes and recovered one fumble … 247Sports tabbed him a four-star prospect and the No. 12 junior college player in the nation … 247Sports also ranked him as the No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle and third-best junior college player in the state of Mississippi … ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 247Sports Junior College Composite, No. 13 overall and No. 4 in Mississippi junior college ranks … No. 27 in the Rivals JUCO Top 100 … ranked 28th in the ESPN JC50 and the outlet’s No. 7 defensive tackle … a 2014 PrepStar JUCO All-American … as a freshman at EMCC, recorded 35 tackles with 20 solo stops, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one sack while playing for head coach Buddy Stephens … spent the 2011 season at Hargrave Military Academy … as a senior at Goldsboro High School in 2010, recorded 118 tackles with four sacks while causing a fumble, recovering a fumble and blocking a kick … chose Alabama over Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Kentucky.