Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 17 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception on Saturday, connecting six times for 178 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Amari Cooper
OUTLOOK: Returns for his senior season to help anchor the Crimson Tide's wide receiver corps ... a veteran of 30 career games with 15 starts ... has 54 pass receptions for 790 yards and eight touchdowns ... won the Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award in the spring of 2011.
JUNIOR (2013): After suffering a knee injury in the fifth game of the 2012 season, was in fine form throughout 2013 ... fourth on the team with 32 receptions for 534 yards ... averaged 16.7 yards per catch, which was the highest on the team among receivers with at least 15 receptions ... finished with four touchdowns catches and 11 explosive receptions of 15 yards or more ... 20 of his catches have produced first downs ... returned three kickoffs for 56 yards ... named Offensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff following the Colorado State, Georgia State and Kentucky games ... earned Special Teams weekly honors from the Tide coaching staff after the Arkansas, Mississippi State and Auburn games. Virginia Tech: Caught two passes for 14 yards in the season opener, with a long of 12 yards. Texas A&M: Equaled his career high with four receptions and accounted for a career-best 82 yards and a touchdown ... the scoring grab came on a 44-yard hookup with AJ McCarron on a flea-flicker ... all four catches were explosive plays of 15 yards or more. Colorado State: Found the end zone once again against the Rams, with a fourth-quarter grab from 30 yards out ... had a 35-yard catch earlier in the game ... both catches versus CSU went for first downs and counted as explosive plays. Ole Miss: Caught three passes for six yards. Georgia State: Made four catches for 45 yards, with a 10-yard touchdown reception. Kentucky: Hauled in four passes for 80 yards, including a long of 31 yards ... earned his third Offensive Player of the Week honor in as many weeks from the Alabama coaching staff. Arkansas: Caught one pass for eight yards. Tennessee: Had two receptions for 29 yards, with a long of 18 ... both catches moved the chains. LSU: Made two catches for 17 yards, with a long of 13 that converted an Alabama first down ... also returned two kickoffs for 42 yards. Mississippi State: Both of his receptions converted first downs for the Crimson Tide ... totaled 28 receiving yards with a long grab of 15 ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Tide coaching staff. Chattanooga: Came off the bench to catch one pass for eight yards. Auburn: Caught two passes for 13 yards with a long of nine ... made one solo tackle on special teams. Oklahoma: Produced one of the most explosive games of his Alabama career with a game-high 139 yards receiving and a career-long 67-yard touchdown catch ... two of his three catches were over 15 yards and two converted first downs.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Started in the first five games as the `X' wide receiver before suffering a season-ending knee injury ... caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns ... added two tackles on special teams ... four of his receptions converted first downs, with two catches for more than 15 yards. Michigan: Made the most of his one reception in the season opener, hauling in a 51-yard touchdown against the Wolverines ... made a solo tackle on special teams and was named one of the specialists of the week by the coaching staff. Western Kentucky: Caught one pass for 15 yards and made a solo tackle on special teams. Arkansas: Had one catch for 13 yards in the blowout win in Fayetteville. Florida Atlantic: Recorded his second touchdown grab of the year, while equaling a career high with four catches for 17 yards. Mississippi: Hauled in one pass for nine yards before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2011): A redshirt freshman wide receiver who gave the Crimson Tide an explosive downfield threat down the field ... finished the year with 14 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns ... six of his 14 catches resulted in Alabama first downs ... had three receptions of 15 yards or more ... played in 12 games, making two starts ... helped Alabama in the kicking game, returning both kickoffs and backing up Marquis Maze at punt returner ... returned one kickoff for 24 yards and two punts for 34 yards. Kent State: Began his Alabama career with an outstanding performance in the season opener ... started and caught four passes for 44 yards ... three of the catches went for first downs ... also returned two punts for 34 yards with, a long of 20 ... ran back one kickoff for 24 yards ... finished the game with 101 all-purpose yards. North Texas: Hauled in one pass for five yards in the Tide shutout. Vanderbilt: Caught two touchdowns which were the first of his career ... totaled three catches for 58 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown. Mississippi: Caught three passes for 23 yards ... had a long catch of 15 yards that resulted in a Crimson Tide first down. Mississippi State: Caught three passes for 21 yards.
FRESHMAN (2010): Redshirted as a true freshman in 2010.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Regarded as one of the top players in Texas and one of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation ... a U.S. Army All-American and a SuperPrep All-American ... the No. 6 wide receiver prospect nationally by SuperPrep, the publication's No. 46 overall prospect and the No. 7 player in the state of Texas ... the No. 7 target at wideout by Rivals.com and ranked No. 73 in the final Rivals100 ... Scout.com listed him as the No. 13 prospect at wideout while ESPNU rated him at No. 26 ... played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Game ... the nation's No. 11 wide receiver by Tom Lemming ... a member of the PrepStar Dream Team as the No. 100 player nationally ... caught 32 passes for 473 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... hauled in 10 touchdowns in 2008 and 34 receptions that covered 801 yards (23.6 yards per catch) ... was the Texas Class 5A 200-meter dash champion in 2008 ... played for head coach David Aymond at North Shore High School ... chose Alabama over LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida and Texas.