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: Stepped into the starting role at will linebacker and excelled in 2014 ... a Butkus Award semifinalist a year ago who bypassed the NFL Draft to return for his senior season ... should contend for All-SEC and All-America honors while being a leading candidate for the Butkus Award … has played in 38 career games with 13 starts ... has 120 career tackles, 11 tackles for loss (-28 yards), 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four pass breakups.
JUNIOR (2014): Won the starting job at will linebacker, replacing C.J. Mosley ... semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s best linebacker ... first team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... started his first career game against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and had 13 starts on the season while playing in all 14 games ... recorded 95 tackles on the season, which ranked second on the team ... had 45 solo stops and four double-digit tackle games ... had at least seven tackles in eight of the final 11 games ... finished with 10.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-12 yards) ... had an interception, one forced fumble, a team-high three fumble recoveries, one quarterback hurry and three pass breakups ... named the Defensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff following the Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU and Western Carolina games ... named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Baton Rouge. West Virginia: Made six tackles against the Mountaineers with one solo stop and one pass breakup. FAU: Led the team with five tackles including three solo stops ... notched his first career sack (-6 yards), had 1.5 tackles for loss and recovered a fumble ... helped limit the Owls to just 57 yards rushing and 145 total yards. Florida: Started and made a team-high eight tackles with five solo stops ... also recovered a Gator fumble and added a quarterback hurry. Ole Miss: Earned coaching staff Defensive Player of the Week honors after making nine tackles with three solo stops ... notched 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards). Arkansas: Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles which included seven solo stops ... recorded 0.5 tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... had one pass breakup. Texas A&M: Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against the Aggies ... made seven tackles with two solo stops, 1.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards) and half of a sack (-6 yards) ... intercepted his first career pass with a leaping pick ... helped limit the SEC’s top-ranked offense to just 172 yards, 393 yards below its average and just 31 yards rushing. Tennessee: Recorded a team-high nine tackles in Knoxville, making six solo stops ... had 1.5 tackles for loss and forced a second-quarter fumble that set up the Tide’s fourth touchdown ... also broke up his third pass of the season. LSU: Registered a career-high 13 stops en route to winning SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors ... notched four solo stops and nine assists ... had one tackle for loss (-3 yards) while helping limit the Tigers to just 76 yards passing and 3.3 yards per rush. Mississippi State: Limited one of the nation’s best offensive attacks while slowing Heisman-candidate quarterback Dak Prescott in the Crimson Tide’s victory over the then-No. 1 Bulldogs ... finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops while limiting MSU to just 138 yards rushing, which was 117 yards below their average. Western Carolina: Garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff ... made four tackles with three solo stops and had one tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... helped limit the Catamounts to minus-eight yards rushing. Auburn: Made three tackles with a solo stop in the win over the No. 15 Tigers. Missouri: Recorded two tackles with a solo stop while helping limit the Tigers to a lowly 41 yards rushing in the SEC Championship Game. Ohio State: Registered seven tackles with two solo stops and two tackles for loss (-5 yards).
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.