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01/09/15 - Three Alabama Juniors Declare for 2015 NFL Draft...Juniors Landon Collins, Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon announced they will be forgoing their senior season to enter the 2015 NFL Draft in a press conference in the Naylor-Stone Media Room on Friday. Alabama has had 18 players leave early under head coach Nick Saban, 12 of which were first-round draft picks. The 2015 NFL Draft will take place April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. Cooper, from Miami, Fla., set Alabama and SEC records with 124 receptions while finishing second in SEC history with 1,727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Collins, a native of New Orleans, led the team with 103 tackles and three interceptions in 2014 with 4.5 tackles for loss and seven pass breakups. Yeldon, from Daphne, Ala., finished his Crimson Tide career with 3,322 rushing yards (fourth in school history) and 37 rushing touchdowns (third at Alabama). - Alabama football
12/09/14 - 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoffs. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. He leads the nation with 115 receptions, which is a Southeastern Conference single-season record, for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns. "It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy," Cooper told the Decatur (Alabama) Daily. "This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can't put into words how much it means to me and my family. I am privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony." - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Amari Cooper has broken Alabama's school record for career yards receiving with a 23-yard touchdown catch at LSU. Cooper also set the Crimson Tide's single-season marks for receptions and yards receiving Saturday night, Cooper's touchdown catch in the second quarter gave him 2,940 yards receiving, eclipsing the mark of 2,923 set by D.J. Hall in 2007. Cooper's total was on 180 receptions, 14 fewer than Hall. With a 9-yard catch late in the first quarter, Cooper also broke Julio Jones' 2010 single-season mark of 1,133 yards. In the fourth quarter, Cooper's eighth catch of the game broke Jones' Alabama single-season receptions record of 78, also set in 2010. - AP Sports
11/11/14 - Alabama quarterback Blake Sims figured out LSU's swarming defense just in time for the Crimson Tide to deal the Tigers yet another devastating loss in raucous Death Valley. Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime to lift No. 4 Alabama to a 20-13 victory over No. 14 LSU on Saturday night. "He didn't have one of his better games. It was tough," Alabama coach Nick Saban said about Sims, who finished 20 of 45 for 209 yards and two TDs without an interception. "He hung in there. He made some great plays when he had to. ... I'm really, really proud of way he hung in there."
With the victory and Auburn's upset loss to Texas A&M earlier in the day, Alabama (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 5 CFP) is alone in second place in the SEC West Division with a game against first-place Mississippi State still on its schedule. Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a 23-yard touchdown while setting Alabama career and single-season records for yards receiving, as well as the school's single-season mark for catches with 79. T.J. Yeldon's fumble deep in Alabama territory gave LSU (7-3, 3-3, No. 16 CFP) the ball on the Alabama 6 with the score tied at 10 and 1:13 left, but the Tigers' chances at a go-ahead touchdown diminished when offensive guard Vadal Alexander was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, moving the ball back to the 21. - AP Sports
10/28/14 - Lane Kiffin figured out a winning strategy for his return to Knoxville. Throw the ball to Amari Cooper early and often. Cooper caught nine passes, scored two touchdowns and set an Alabama school game record with 224 yards receiving to help the No. 4 Crimson Tide beat Tennessee 34-20 on Saturday night for its eighth consecutive victory in the series. Cooper's big performance produced a triumphant return for Kiffin, the Alabama offensive coordinator who coached Tennessee in 2009 and angered Volunteers fans by leaving for Southern California after only one season. "I just try to do the best I can to get everything out of every ball thrown to me," Cooper said.
Cooper broke the receiving yardage record set by Julio Jones, who had 221 yards receiving in a 41-10 victory over Tennessee in 2010. By the end of the first quarter, Cooper already had five catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee (3-5. 0-4 SEC) rallied from a 27-0 deficit to make it competitive thanks largely to Joshua Dobbs, who provided a spark after entering the game on the Vols' third series. - AP Sports