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Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper left Saturday's game against Western Carolina with a knee injury.

Cooper had caught three passes for 46 yards before he exited with a knee injury prior to the close of the first half. Alabama head coach Nick Saban indicated that Cooper could have come back into the game. Given that the halftime score was 38-14 against a vastly inferior team, the team could afford to let him sit with the injury. We'll update his status when more information becomes available.
Nov 22 - 6:06 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is the real deal in every way and a difference maker at a skill position,"accroding to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"I like Winston’s game and love his upside but fear his multiple off the field transgressions and the opportunities which await him in NYC. Plus I doubt owner Woody Johnson would consider Winston. Percy Harvin is the only player maker the Jets have but you must wonder how long he’ll be with the club or if he’ll implode. Cooper is the real deal in every way and a difference maker at a skill position which, amongst other things, the Jets desperately need," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper has 83 catches for 1,303 yards and 11 touchdowns thus far. Not only does he lead the nation in receiving yards, he's been seen on the national stage more than any other semifinalist.
Nov 21 - 4:13 PM

Former Crimson Tide WR Julio Jones predicted that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was "going to be a professional."

Jones praised Cooper's mindset and his demeanor, noting that the junior "has the talent and everything else" before saying that "it's off-the-field that matters the most." Cooper's lack of baggage outside of the game is certainly something he has going for and something that so far as we know, scouts and evaluators aren't going to have to worry about. This season on the field, Cooper leads the country with 1,303 receiving yards.
Source: Al.com
Nov 19 - 8:47 PM

An NFL personnel executive told NFL.com that he thinks that Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "will be a really solid starter at the next level."

The executive noted that Yeldon could slide in the draft because there's a glut of running backs in the 2015 class. He also said that the junior "won't run a blistering time [in the 40]." Yeldon has rushed for 758 yards this season while combating various ankle injuries. Several scouts have voiced the opinion that Yeldon could potentially be a more productive runner in the NFL, as he has not been a high volume back in college and he's been part of an Alabama rotation for several seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 7:45 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban was listed by USA Today as making $7.15 million this year.

No surprise here. Nick Saban makes a lot of money. USA Today reported that he made $7.15 million in 2014, topping the next highest paid (Michigan State's Mark Dantonio) by about $1.5 million. Rounding out the top five are Bob Stoops, Kevin Sumlin and Charlie Strong. Every coach in the SEC is within the Top-35 on the money list.
Source: USA Today
Nov 19 - 4:32 PM

Alabama was ranked at No. 1 in Tuesday's playoff rankings.

It appears that the committee was very impressed with Alabama's win over Mississippi State, pushing them from No. 5 to No. 1 in the latest ranking. Alabama was followed by Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State, in that order. The Crimson Tide's leap to the top pushed TCU down to the five-hole. The biggest slider of the week was Arizona State, who had previously held the sixth slot. After their loss to Oregon State, they fell all the way to No. 13.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 7:33 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Alabama senior S Nick Perry will be viewed by teams as a third day prospect.

Perry is "steady in the back end and made a handful of plays" against Alabama, Weidl tweeted. Landon Collins has generated the most buzz in evaluations circles, but Perry received a +5.3 grade from Pro Football Focus against Missippi State, the game's highest.
Nov 18 - 11:32 AM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was named as one of ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

The Biletnikoff is given annually to the best wide receiver in the country. Cooper's competition includes the likes of West Virginia's Kevin White and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong. Cooper has to be considered the favorite at this point. Cooper has 83 catches for 1,303 yards and 11 touchdowns thus far. Not only does he lead the nation in receiving yards, he's been seen on the national stage more than any other semifinalist.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 17 - 7:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is so good at the little things and cares about the details."

"Re-watching Alabama-Miss St, WR Amari Cooper is so good at the little things and cares about the details. Not much he can't do on the field," Brugler tweeted. The Crimson Tide prospect hauled in eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 25-20 win over Mississippi State. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Cooper has had some issues with drops, but he remains one of the top receiving prospects in the country.
Nov 17 - 2:12 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah noted that Alabama junior S Landon Collins has "shown that he's excellent at [covering kicks]."

Collins performance on special teams "jumped out" at draft analyst Jeremiah. "NFL teams want their safeties to be able to play special teams. They want to see a safety who can break down in space and tackle people, and Collins has shown he's excellent at that." On the more traditional side of things, Collins' interception in the game was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Jeremiah wrote that "I don't think [Collins is] someone a defense is going to want to match up in man coverage on a down-by-down basis. He doesn't have elite cover skills, but he provides a physical presence and takes great angles to the ball." Jeremiah compared him to playing like an extra linebacker at times.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 16 - 10:21 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "has a chance to be an NFL starter some day."

Jeremiah was most impressed by Yeldon's ability to "step through tackles and finish runs." The junior rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries on Saturday. Jeremiah rates him below the likes of Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah and Tevin Coleman, but says he's "very impressed by him." Yeldon's dealt with ankle injuries that have sapped some of his vitality, but when healthy, he's a tough runner to bring down at 6-foot-2, 221 pounds.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 16 - 7:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that scouts would "appreciate" the throws that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims made against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Sims completed 19-of-31 passes for 211 yards. On the surface, it doesn't look very impressive, but Rang believes that "timing and difficulty" of the senior's passes would stand out to scouts. The CBS analyst noted that Sims "showed impressive poise at the most critical moments in this contest, including running and throwing for first downs on a demoralizing 15-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter," and that the senior "showed touch on deep passes down the middle as well as impressive arm strength to the perimeter." Sims is capable of making the right decisions and the hard throws, but it should be remembered that he also has one heck of a safety blanket in receiver Amari Cooper, who very few corners can cover.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 16 - 4:39 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper showed why he was going to be a "Top-15 pick."

The CBS analyst was particularly impressed by Cooper's awareness with "high-point passes," or basically "knowing when to jump." Cooper's best catch came while running deep with two Mississippi State defenders in the second quarter. Blake Sims simply launched the ball deep and Cooper rewarded his faith by making an incredibly difficult catch while falling down at the one. Rang also saw "terrific hand-eye coordination," something we've harped on before in some of his more drop-filled games.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 16 - 3:36 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Yeldon's been dinged up with two separate ankle injuries over the last few weeks, but he was mostly effective in keeping drives alive. Yeldon didn't rush for anything longer than 11 yards in the contest. This season, the junior's efforts could best be described as "workman-like." He has just three games over 100 yards on the ground, but when healthy, he's consistently able to pound out 4+ YPC. Yeldon has a ton of positional competition for the 2015 draft pack and while he has the tools to succeed, he's been limited at various times this season.
Nov 15 - 8:05 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 25-20 win over Mississippi State.

Cooper caught a short touchdown pass early in the second quarter. After a 224-yard game against Kentucky, Cooper's been held under 90 yards receiving in his last two games. Despite the lower yardage totals, he's caught eight or more passes in each of his last four and remains quarterback Blake Sims' favorite target. Cooper has had some issues with drops, but the 6-foot-1, 201-pound junior is one of the top receiving prospects in the country.
Nov 15 - 7:51 PM


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