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: Enters his junior campaign as one of the Crimson Tide's most experienced and explosive defensive backs ... saw time at both safety spots in 2013 and should anchor the safety position group in 2014 ... preseason All-American ... a second team All-SEC choice in 2013 a candidate for All-SEC and All-America honors again this season ... a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award a season ago and a strong contender beginning the 2014 season ... also a stalwart on special teams where he has 20 tackles of the last two seasons ... played in 27 career games with nine starts split between strong and free safety ... totaled 87 tackles in his Crimson Tide career with four tackles for loss (7 yards), six pass breakups, two interceptions and a blocked punt.
SOPHOMORE (2013): An integral part of the Alabama secondary and a special teams stalwart throughout the season ... started six games at strong safety and three at dime back ... moved into the starting job at strong safety after the injury to Vinnie Sunseri ... second team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... returned interception vs. Tennessee for 89 yards and a score and finished with two total interceptions ... second on the team in tackles with 70, including a team-high 10 on special teams (3 punt and 7 kickoff coverage) ... had a team-high six pass breakups, with two forced fumbles and two recoveries ... SEC Defensive Player of the Week honoree following the Tennessee game ... seven-time coaching staff Player of the Week (Special Teams: Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Mississippi State. Defense: Tennessee and Chattanooga). Virginia Tech: Had five tackles as the Tide held the Hokies to 59 yards passing. Texas A&M: Registered a career-high seven tackles in the win at College Station, including six solo stops. Colorado State: Made four more tackles against the Rams, with three solo stops and three pass breakups. Ole Miss: Again was honored as the coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Week ... had one tackle on kickoff coverage ... also played extensive snaps as the dime back, making two tackles ... finished with three total solo stops and a quarterback hurry. Georgia State: Made his first career start and registered two solo tackles, one for loss. Kentucky: Recorded two solo tackles while helping limit the Wildcats to 76 yards passing and 170 total yards. Arkansas: Started at free safety and had five tackles with four solo stops ... broke up two passes and recorded a quarterback hurry in 52-0 win over the Hogs. Tennessee: Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after his performance against the Vols ... made first interception of the season and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown with 12 seconds remaining in the first half ... finished with six tackles, including five solo stops, while forcing a fumble. LSU: Was all over the field against his home-state Tigers ... made four tackles (1.5 for loss) and recovered a fumble deep in Alabama territory to save a touchdown ... helped limit the high-powered LSU offense to 43 yards rushing and 284 total yards while holding the Tigers 23 points below their season average. Mississippi State: Made six tackles with four solo stops while helping limit the Bulldogs to 197 total yards and 53 on the ground. Chattanooga: Led the team with eight tackles in just over one half of action ... notched three solo stops and half of a tackle for loss. Auburn: Third on the team with nine tackles including eight solo stops ... forced a fumble and recovered another ... added a tackle for loss (2 yards). Oklahoma: Registered nine tackles with seven solo stops and intercepted his second pass of the season.
FRESHMAN (2012): Came off the bench in all 14 games, recording 17 tackles and blocking a punt ... tied for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles, including nine on kickoff coverage and one on punt coverage ... started on the kickoff and punt coverage units on and saw reserve action at safety. Florida Atlantic: Totaled four tackles (one solo) in win over Owls. Missouri: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... blocked a punt. Tennessee: Assisted on two tackles in win against the Vols. Mississippi State: Had one solo tackle in win over Bulldogs. LSU: Assisted on one tackle in win against the Tigers. Western Carolina: Named one of the special teams players of the week by the coaching staff ... registered two tackles, (one solo) in shutout. Auburn: Named one of the special teams players of the week by coaching staff ... tied season high with four tackles. Notre Dame: Made three solo tackles in a commanding 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the top players in the nation and was a key piece in the 2012 Alabama recruiting class ... a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 1 safety in the nation by ESPNU and 247sports.com and a unanimous top player in the state of Louisiana ... a Parade All-American ... first team USA Today High School All-American ... the No. 3 prospect nationally by 247sports.com and the No. 6 overall talent by ESPNU ... starred in the Under Armour All-America Game, recording an interception and keying a goal-line stand ... ESPNU rated Collins as the No. 2 overall recruit in the Southeast ... MaxPrep's Tom Lemming ranked him the No. 10 overall player and the top safety ... Rivals.com listed him as the No. 17 overall player and the No. 2 safety while Scout.com listed him 20th overall and the No. 2 safety ... No. 3 on the SuperPrep Elite 50 list ... a SuperPrep All-American, the publication's No. 1 defensive back and the top player in Louisiana as well as the SuperPrep Southwest Defensive Player of the Year ... No. 19 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 1 safety ... No. 3 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... 2012 247sports.com All-American as a defensive back ... selected to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... was clocked at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, adding an astounding 43.5-inch vertical ... excelled on both sides of the ball as a senior, becoming the first player in Louisiana Sports Writers Association history to earn 5A All-State honors on both sides of the ball ... also LSWA 5A All-State selection as a junior ... had 34 tackles with four interceptions - two returned for touchdowns - on defense while rushing for 1,218 yards and 21 touchdowns on offense (13.7 ypc) ... as a junior in 2010, recorded 102 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and four interceptions ... had 26 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery as a sophomore in 2009 ... coached by Benny Saia ... had his choice of programs from across the nation.