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: Returns for his junior season as one of the Crimson Tide’s most productive defenders and best pass rushers ... quickly earned a role on the Alabama defensive line as a true freshman and moved into a starting role at end in 2014 … has 49 career tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
SOPHOMORE (2014): Established himself as a playmaker at defensive end and one of the Crimson Tide’s top pass rushers ... first team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards) and had 5.5 sacks (-30 yards) ... finished with 33 total tackles including 16 solo stops and seven quarterback hurries ... blocked the decisive extra point at Arkansas ... played in all 14 games and made 12 starts ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff against West Virginia, FAU and Tennessee ... also earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his blocked PAT at Arkansas. West Virginia: Registered five tackles with two tackles for loss (-12 yards) and one sack (-11 yards) ... helped limit the Mountaineers to 28 rushing yards on 24 carries ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the coaches. FAU: Recorded a tackle for a loss of three yards as the Crimson Tide limited the Owls to 145 total yards, including 57 rushing ... added an assisted tackle in just over one half of play ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. Southern Miss: Made at least one tackle for loss for the third straight game and picked up two quarterback hurries ... added one solo and one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the Eagles to 56 yards rushing and a lowly 263 total yards. Florida: Registered one assisted tackle as the Tide held the Gators to only 200 total yards. Ole Miss: Recorded five tackles with two solo stops ... had 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) and a quarterback hurry. Arkansas: Blocked the deciding extra point to give the Tide a 14-13 win in Fayetteville ... added a quarterback hurry. Texas A&M: Recorded three half sacks for a loss of four yards ... batted down passes as UA limited the SEC’s top-ranked offense to just 172 yards. Tennessee: Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors versus the Vols with three tackles and half of a tackle for loss. LSU: Sacked LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings on the first drive of the game ... finished with two tackles as the Tide limited LSU to 76 total yards passing. Mississippi State: Recorded three assisted tackles in a 25-20 win over the No. 1 team in the nation. Western Carolina: Had a game-high two quarterback hurries with two tackles ...helped limit the Catamounts to minus-eight yards rushing. Auburn: Dropped Tigers’ quarterback Nick Marshall for a sack and finished with three solo tackles. Missouri: Helped hold the Tigers to just 41 rushing yards and had one quarterback hurry. Ohio State: Both tackles in the Sugar Bowl came behind the line of scrimamge for a loss of nine yards ... had one sack for a loss of four yards.
FRESHMAN (2013): A backup defensive end who played his way into the rotation along the defensive line ... appeared in 13 games, with 16 total stops and 10 solo tackles ... had half of a sack a forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. Virginia Tech: Registered two solo tackles in the 35-10 victory over the Hokies at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Ole Miss: Made one solo tackle as a reserve defensive end as the Tide shut out the Rebels 25-0. Arkansas: Notched one solo stop and a quarterback hurry in the shutout win over the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Came off the bench to make a season-high three tackles with two solo stops. Mississippi State: Assisted on two tackles, one for loss, against the Bulldogs. Chattanooga: Named one of Alabama's Defensive Players of the Week ... totaled four tackles with two solo stops and a forced fumble. Auburn: Recorded three total tackles with two solo stops ... added half of a sack (-5 yards).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the premier defensive prospects in the 2013 signing class ... a five-star player by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... 2012 Gatorade Virginia Football Player of the Year ... first team Parade Magazine All-American ... second team USA Today All-American in 2012 ... the No. 11 player in the Top247 and the No. 2 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports.com while ranking second among players from Virginia ... listed 17th in the 247Composite listing and the No. 3 OLB .... also the No. 11 player nationally and the No. 2 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, plus the No. 1 player in Virginia ... Scout.com ranked him the No. 2 defensive end and 34th in the Scout 300 ... 28th in the ESPN 150 and outlet's No. 3 defensive end ... ranked 36th in the Tom Lemming MaxPrep rankings and the outlet's No. 4 defensive end nationally ... first team All-American as a defensive lineman by MaxPreps ... a five-star defensive end by PrepStar who ranked third at his position and 18th nationally ... member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and a PrepStar All-American ... posted 119 tackles with nine sacks, six fumble recoveries, eight pass breakups, six blocked kicks and had seven pass breakups as a senior in 2012 ... totaled 102 stops with 15 sacks and seven blocked kicks as a junior ... finished with 87 tackles, 20 sacks and eight forced fumbles as a sophomore in 2010 ... two-time first team All-State performer in Virginia and Washington Post All-Metro selection ... coached by Mickey Thompson at Stone Bridge High School ... chose Alabama over Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Stanford, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.