Data Scout Notes: 2014: PWCamp/PMaxwell/PBiletnikoff/P1stM/DS#2PSTeamProspect-RRang...2013: NAC/NAM...P1stC/P1stM/PWCamp/PBiletnikoff/PMaxwell...2012: ARTC
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Draft Scout Amari Cooper News
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
10/28/14 - OCT 27 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama...Set a new school record with 224 receiving yards on nine catches with two touchdowns in the win over Tennessee...The old mark was 221 set by Julio Jones at Tennessee in 2010...Scored on Alabama's first offensive play of the game on a 80-yard catch and run...Scored UA's second touchdown from 41 yards out to make it 14-0 midway through the first quarter...Had five catches for 185 yards and two scores in the first quarter alone...He moved into second all-time with 2,868 receiving yards and is closing in on D.J. Hall's record of 2,923...Now ranks second nationally with 1,132 receiving yards (just five behind Colorado State's Rashard Higgins) and is averaging 141.5 ypg. - SEC football
10/13/14 - SEPT 22 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama...The star junior wideout did it again for the Crimson Tide, racking up an incredible 201 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches. Cooper was able to take advantage of some gigantic Florida defensive miscues as well as dominate the 1-on-1 battle against defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, one of the best defensive backs in college football. His performance against the Gators vaulted his name into serious Heisman consideration at this point in the season. - SEC football
08/13/14 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. WR Amari Cooper, Junior...Also like WR Marqise Lee, however, Cooper will freelance on his routes a bit and simply drops too many footballs. Cooper dropped at least one catchable pass in each of the three games I viewed (Virginia Tech, Auburn, Oklahoma), including a potential go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter in the Iron Bowl. In all fairness to Cooper, he demonstrated his game-breaking ability against Auburn moments later with a record 99-yard score to give Alabama a 28-21 fourth quarter lead.
Cooper is noticeably thicker in his chest and thighs than Lee (6-foot, 192 pounds), which may make him more likely to remain durable. He'll need to be to earn the first-round pick that Jones and White received. With the only quarterback Cooper has ever known at Alabama now playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cooper could discover (as Lee did last year) maintaining stardom is more difficult without an experienced passer. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/14 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. WR Amari Cooper, Junior...By breaking Julio Jones' freshman records for catches (59) and receiving yards (1,000) and Alabama's all-time record for touchdown receptions in a single season (11), Cooper exploded onto the scene in 2012. His production tailed off as a sophomore as nagging injuries limited his availability. Despite playing in 12 games, Cooper only started seven of them and he caught "just" 45 passes for 736 yards (which led the team) and four touchdowns. Since his breakout freshman campaign, Cooper has been compared to everyone from Jones to Roddy White. There are plenty of similarities to another former No. 9, Marqise Lee, however -- and not all of them complimentary to either of the 2012 All-Americans.
Like Lee, Cooper has excellent quickness and balance to get a clean release against press coverage and to make defenders miss in space. Each accelerates in a flash, generating the burst to gain separation from top cornerbacks. Both can make the spectacular reception look easy and are competitive blockers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com