Auburn Football: Scouting the Alabama Offense for the 2014 Iron Bowl

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Nov 15, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) catches a touchdown pass defended by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Jay Hughes (3) in the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


Simply put, Amari Cooper is the greatest wide receiver in Alabama history. Cooper is tied with D.J. Hall for the school record of 194 receptions and already owns the career marks with 3,085 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns catches. This season, Cooper has been at his very best. He’s got 1,349 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 90 receptions.

Those numbers make him the SEC’s leading receiver. Cooper also ranks third nationally in receiving yards and in receiving yards per game (122.6). He’s sixth in the country with 8.2 catches on average.

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  • Cooper is a Heisman Trophy candidate – the best shot for a receiver to win the award in over a decade. Desmond Howard was the last receiver to win the award, and only 18 have received votes since, only one of which finished higher than fourth in the voting (Larry Fitzgerald in 2003). Cooper will get some attention, but is still a long shot to take home the hardware.

    DeAndrew White is the team’s second leading receiver with 30 catches for 319 yards and two touchdowns. Christion Jones is an explosive playmaker in the return game, but has also contributed 203 receiving yards on 15 catches. ArDarius Stewart usually starts opposite Cooper, but he is unlikely to play Saturday.

    Brian Volger is the starting tight end, though he too may miss the 2014 Iron Bowl due to injury. O.J. Howard is one of the most talented tight ends in the nation and is a matchup nightmare. He’s got 12 catches for 206 yards. Ty Flournoy-Smith is also extremely talented and will have a bigger role if Volger is out.

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