Look for Alabama’s Cooper to get on track

Amari Cooper is slowly returning from various injuries that would give Alabama a much needed weapon at receiver. (AP)

Amari Cooper is slowly returning from various injuries that would give Alabama a much needed weapon at receiver. (AP)

Alabama WR Amari Cooper entered this year as one of the SEC’s most exciting players after his remarkable freshman season.

We thought he would continue to dazzle us with acrobatic catches and provide QB A.J. McCarron with one of the SEC’s top downfield threats.

Foot and toe injuries have limited Cooper, which in turn have hurt McCarron’s effectiveness.

But coach Nick Saban said this week that Cooper appears to be getting healthier, which would boost the Tide at the right time. Here is a part of his comments from this week’s SEC teleconference:

“I think it’s very frustrating when you have something that’s nagging you that you can’t do things on a consistent basis like you’d like to do them. I think the fact that we haven’t played him as much lately, I do think he’s getting healthy, and he’s had a really good week this week, so hopefully, if we don’t have a setback, he’ll be able to continue to progress and do a good job.”

Cooper was held out of Alabama’s win over Colorado State and has only nine catches for 100 yards and no touchdowns. Last year he had 59 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 TDs, and combined with fellow freshman T.J. Yeldon to help lead Alabama to its second straight national title.

If he gets healthy, watch out. Cooper had 100-yard receiving games in four of Alabama’s final five games in 2012.

Cooper would add to the SEC’s group of outstanding receivers, a list that includes:

Jarvis Landry, LSU: 42 catches, 616 yards, 7 TDs, 14.7 yards a catch

Odell Beckham, LSU: 35 catches, 686 yards, 6 TDs, 19.6 yards

Mike Evans, Texas A&M: 28 catches, 691 yards, 5 TDs, 24.7 yards

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: 47 catches, 709 yards, 5 TDs, 15.1 yards

Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss: 23 catches, 355 yards, 4 TDs, 15.4 yards

Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri: 23 catches, 364 yards, 4 TDs, 15.8 yards

L’Damian Washington, Missouri: 22 catches, 340 yards, 5 TDs, 15.5 yards

Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell likely would be putting up spectacular numbers if wasn’t out for the year after tearing his ACL in the opening loss to Clemson.

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[...] “I think it’s very frustrating when you have something that’s nagging you that you can’t do things on a consistent basis like you’d like to do them. I think the fact that we haven’t played him as much lately, I do think he’s getting healthy, and he’s had a really good week this week, so hopefully, if we don’t have a setback, he’ll be able to continue to progress and do a good job.” Cooper was held out of Alabama’s win over Colorado State and has only nine catches for 100 yards and no touchdowns. Last year he had 59 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 TDs, and combined with fellow freshman T.J. Yeldon to help lead Alabama to its second straight national title. If he gets healthy, watch out. Cooper had 100-yard receiving games in four of Alabama’s final five games in 2012. [More] [...]

Whiskey Breath

October 11th, 2013
8:20 am

Isn’t it fun seeing Ga sweat about Missouri? Don’t worry humps, you will win anyway. They haven’t beaten anybody that is any good. Rembember MS State last year? They beat everybody that wasn’t any good.

Whiskey Breath

October 11th, 2013
8:16 am

Like your comments Andy. Very refreshing article on Bama. However, I would disagree on what has
limited A J. . A J has receivers that will be in the NFL. The offensive line has not been able to protect him. Now in the coming weeks I see the line coming together. But right now, not there yet.
However, you have Cooper down pat. When the feet don’t work with a receiver, he is grounded.

JJ

October 11th, 2013
6:59 am

It is unusual for a player at Alabama to run up huge stats, because they play so many different players at every position. That’s why they haven’t won nearly as many Heisman Trophies as they have National Championships. Last week, the backup QB took over in the second quarter and played the rest of the game. Oregon can brag about running up 70 points on FCS teams, but Bama is still #1.

USAF

October 10th, 2013
10:59 pm

Roll Tide!!!!!!!!

joe

October 10th, 2013
2:54 pm

On another note, with Julio out for the Falcons, wonder if they’ve made a call to Da’Rick?

SEC_SEC_SEC

October 10th, 2013
1:03 pm

Ironically, Amari Cooper probably wouldn’t have seen much playing time in 2012 were it not for injuries among other wide receivers. He’ll contribute when he’s healthy again, but if he doesn’t, then look for Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell, DeAndrew White, Chris Black and Christion Jones, among others, to take up his slack.

Any of those guys could start at wide receiver on any offense in the nation.