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Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper has an opportunity to prove he can perform "consistently against top competition" on Saturday versus star Gators sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III, wrote NFL.com's Albert Breer.

Cooper vs. Hargreaves III is arguably the most intriguing matchup between NFL prospects to watch this weekend. Both are considered surefire first-rounders. "Hargreaves is the best young CB in the country," an AFC college scouting director said. "(It's a) step up in competition." The scout continued that while Cooper's early-season production (3 catches for 454 yards and two touchdowns) and game film have been impressive, "these are the games we evaluate, not the ones against lower-level competition." Concluded Breer: "The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper projects as a bigger, stronger Odell Beckham, and could be a top-15 draft pick."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:34 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper has "extraordinary ability" that is a "challenge to defend in isolated matchups."

"Additionally, he is an explosive runner with the strength and power to run through arm tackles on the perimeter. Given his extraordinary ability, Cooper is a challenge to defend in isolated matchups," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 210 pound Cooper has the speed (4.4 forty), physical tools, and route running ability you look for in a prototypical No. 1 NFL wideout. Brooks notes that Cooper has the "ability to run every route in the book" and the "ability to blow the top off the zone, yet is comfortable running short and intermediate routes between the hashes."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 3:17 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke with one NFL executive who believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is a better route-runner than Marqise Lee.

The executive also believes Cooper has better ball skills. Four other executives were polled and generated different comparisons, including Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson, Santonio Holmes and Roddy White. Most pointed to Cooper's speed and elusiveness with the ball in his hands.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 18 - 10:07 AM

Gator's coach Will Muschamp notes that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims' "ability to extend plays" impresses him.

"The ability to extend plays, I mean that's something as a defensive coordinator that's very difficult to deal with," Muschamp told AL.com ... off-rhythm plays, the protection breaks down and the routes are covered and he's able to extend the play." The 6-foot-0, 208 pound QB has not been sacked in Alabama's last three games. Sims is currently the Crimson Tide's third leading rusher, with 14 carries for 102 yards and a pair of running touchdowns.
Source: AL.com
Sep 17 - 2:48 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban calls junior WR Amari Cooper "the complete package."

"He's exceptionally good against press, coming off the ball, but he's also very good coming out of a break," Saban said. "Most of the time the defender gets beat either on the release or out of the break. A lot of guys are pretty good at one and maybe not as good at the other. And he has really good hands and good ball skills. "So he's the complete package when it comes to a guy that is a pretty complete player." The Alabama prospect recently had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 40-point win against Southern Mississippi on Saturday. Cooper has 33 catches on the season for 454 yards with an average of 13.8 yards per reception, with two touchdowns in three games.
Source: AL.com
Sep 15 - 4:14 PM

According to NBC's College Football Talk, Nick Saban "sounded more optimistic than pessimistic" that Alabama senior WR DeAndrew White will be available for the Florida game Saturday.

In Alabama's opener, the 6-foot, 190-pound White suffered a separated shoulder, forcing him to miss the Tide's past two games. The Alabama prospect is coming off his best season, posting 32 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.
Sep 15 - 3:20 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 40-point win against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

In so doing, Cooper tied DJ Hall's 2006 Crimson Tide record of five consecutive 100-yard games and slid past Ozzie Newsome into the No. 3 spot on the school's all-time career receiving yards list. Cooper would have had bigger numbers, but he and some other starters were pulled early in the blowout. He had 108 yards in the first half. Lane Kiffin will continue to go to Cooper early and often. The junior already has 33 catches for 454 yards and two scores in three games.
Sep 14 - 10:48 PM

Alabama redshirt senior S Jarrick Williams is expected to miss Saturday's game against Florida as he continues to recover from a fracture in his foot.

With starting free safety Nick Perry suspended for the first half of the game for a targeting infraction versus Southern Miss, Williams will be particularly missed. Williams hasn't played since the opener against West Virginia.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 14 - 5:30 PM

Alabama senior S Nick Perry is ineligible to play in the first half of next weekend's game against Florida after he was ejected for targeting in Saturday's 52-12 win against Southern Miss.

The Crimson Tide's starting free safety made helmet-to-helmet contact with Southern Miss receiver Kyle Foster. Because the ejection occurred in the second half, Perry is ineligible to play in the first half of the team's next game. Alabama is expected to start junior Geno Smith in Perry's place.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 14 - 5:01 PM

An AFC personnel executive gushed to NFL.com about Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon, though he book-ended his enthusiasm by mentioned the Crimson Tide back wasn't in Todd Gurley's league.

"(Alabama's) T.J. Yeldon is a really good back," the personnel executive said. "He's a tall back that runs a little too high but he has a good feel running between the tackles and he does a nice job of making guys miss. As much as a I like him, the Georgia back is in a different league." The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon has rushed for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries (5.6 ypc) over Alabama's first two games, though he wasn't much needed over the weekend in a demolition of Florida Atlantic. TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline graded Yeldon as a preseason Round 2 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 4:21 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper currently leads the FBS in receiving yards with 319.

Cooper posted 130 yards on 12 receptions against West Virginia and followed it up with 189 yards on 13 receptions against FAU. The junior is absolutely filling the Marqise Lee role in lane Kiffin's offense. Expect this production to continue as long as Cooper stays healthy.
Source: NCAA
Sep 10 - 1:39 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake "really impressed" TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline in Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic.

"[Drake] carried the ball just six times for 31-yards but Drake’s play on special teams, specifically coverage units when Alabama was up by four scores yet he was still hustling down the field to make plays, stood out," Pauline wrote. "It’s the type of play which gets a prospect drafted in the late round then helps him secure a spot on a roster." Drake is stuck behind T.J. Yeldon on a stacked depth chart, but the 6-foot, 201-pounder runs a 4.52 forty and won't be outworked. He'll enter the NFL with far less mileage on his tires than similar prospects, which won't hurt his stock.
Sep 8 - 5:23 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught 13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in the school's 41-0 win over FAU.

Cooper added a rushing score of 20 yards. He seems to be fully healthy and taking on the Marqise Lee role in Lane Kiffin's offense. Aka, Cooper will be force fed targets. Cooper's long score of 52 yards saw him shake a defender and run away from others.
Sep 6 - 3:27 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 11 of 13 attempts for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 41-0 win over FAU.

Sims added another touchdown on the ground. Nick Saban went into the game saying he would get Sims and Jacob Coker snaps, but the former played much better. Expect Sims to continue to start. Alabama plays Southern Miss next.
Sep 6 - 3:21 PM

Alabama senior ILB Trey DePriest started against FAU after being reinstated this week.

DePriest was withheld from the season opener due to a "minor NCAA infraction." The senior started 26 games over the last two seasons. It will be worth noting if he is asked to play more of a coverage role after CJ Mosley departed to the NFL.
Sep 6 - 1:08 PM


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