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: Has been a standout special teams contributor and reserve linebacker in his first two years at the Capstone ... will look to expand his role at linebacker and challenge for a starting job in Alabama's 3-4 defense as a junior in 2014 ... has played in 24 career games with 25 tackles, one forced fumble and half of a tackle for loss.
SOPHOMORE (2013): A backup inside linebacker and stalwart on special teams ... played in all 13 games ... his 17 tackles included 11 on kickoff coverage, which led all special teams players. Virginia Tech: Made two assisted tackles in win over the Hokies in Atlanta. Texas A&M: Notched two more assisted tackles in win over the No. 6 Aggies. Colorado State: Had a solo tackle and an assist. Georgia State: Made one assisted tackle as a reserve linebacker. Arkansas: Recorded one tackle on the kickoff coverage team. Tennessee: Made one assisted tackle as a reserve linebacker. LSU: Had one solo tackle on kickoff coverage. Chattanooga: Registered a career-high four tackles, including two solo stops ... earned Alabama Special Teams Player of the Week honors after recording two tackles on the kickoff coverage team. Auburn: Garnered UA Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second straight week ... made two tackles with a solo stop. Oklahoma: Registered one solo tackle on kickoff coverage against the Sooners.
FRESHMAN (2012): Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... finished with eight tackles, including five solo stops with four tackles coming on kickoff coverage ... also forced a fumble. Michigan: Recorded a solo tackle on special teams. Tennessee: Assisted on three tackles in the win against the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Totaled two solo tackles in the victory over the Bulldogs. Western Carolina: Registered a solo tackle in the shutout win. Auburn: Was named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... forced a fumble and had a solo tackle in the Iron Bowl shutout win.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: One of the most decorated linebacker prospects nationally ... a proven anchor at the point of attack ... garnered a five-star grade from Scout.com and ranked as the website's No. 1 middle linebacker prospect and No. 9 overall player in the class ... had excellent numbers with a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and a 34.5-inch vertical ... the No. 1 middle linebacker prospect by Rivals.com and a four-star athlete ... the No. 43 player in the Rivals100 while ranking as the No. 4 player in Alabama ... 247sports.com had him at No. 39 in its final Top247 rankings while rating him as the No. 2 inside linebacker and the fourth-best player in the state ... No. 109 in the ESPNU 150 and the site's No. 2 middle linebacker ... 49th in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and No. 6 in the state of Alabama ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 38 player on the Elite 50 ... SuperPrep's No. 1 linebacker nationally and No. 3 player in Alabama ... No. 33 on the PrepStar Dream Team ... PrepStar All-American and All-Southeast Region choice ... PrepStar's No. 4 linebacker ... a three-time first team ASWA 6A All-State honoree ... No. 4 in Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 25 in the Super Southeast 120 ... No. 4 on Birmingham News Super Seniors list ... No. 11 outside linebacker by MaxPrep's Tom Lemming ... as a senior in 2011 made 97 tackles, with 22 tackles for loss and six sacks ... had 91 tackles as a junior in 2010 with 21 tackles for loss ... as a sophomore, had 40 receptions as a tight end and six touchdowns ... also played basketball on Bob Jones High School 2009-10 Alabama State Championship team ... coached in football by Kevin Rose ... chose Alabama over Auburn and Florida.