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Alabama junior S Landon Collins "showed why he is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated defensive back throughout" Saturday's win against Florida, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Collins, the No. 6 player on my Big Board, was all over the field for the Tide, showing off his range and instincts in coverage and crashing the line of scrimmage against the run," Rang wrote. "Collins' terrific play extended onto special teams, where he provided excellent coverage on punts and supplied a key block to set up a big kickoff return by Christion Jones early in the third quarter." The 6-foot, 215-pound Collins intercepted two passes, "[showed] off his range and instincts in coverage and crashing the line of scrimmage against the run," and was spectacular on special teams in the win. He's a surefire Round 1 prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 2:18 AM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "was particularly effective when slid inside to the slot" during Saturday's win against Florida, noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Just something to keep in mind when considering Cooper's projection. Or perhaps he was better off inside to get off Hargreaves III Island. Cooper acquitted himself well in the matchup against stud Gators' CB Vernon Hargreaves III, recording 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. "The combination of Cooper's acceleration and creative play-design by Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, however, helped free Cooper for several big plays," Rang wrote. "Cooper was particularly effective when slid inside to the slot, as was the case in the first quarter when he caught the Gators napping to haul in a easy 79-yard reception for his first score." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper has 43 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns through four games (45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013). "It is, of course, just September but Cooper looks like a strong bet to give Alabama its first Biletnikoff Award winner in school history," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 1:23 AM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims said his shoulder is fine.

The 6-foot, 208-pounder left Saturday's game against Florida late in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his right (throwing) shoulder. He returned at the beginning of the fourth quarter. "It’s very fine," Sims said. "Just a little bruised. I’m going to get with the training staff and try to get better and let the team know I’m good. I’m going to come out against Ole Miss (Oct. 4) and try to win the game. I’ll be all right. I’m going to get with the training staff and ice it, ice it, ice it." The Crimson Tide has a bye this week. "It will probably be something that’s sore for him for a while," said HC Nick Saban. "Hopefully that second week he’ll be able to get back to normal in practice."
Sep 22 - 12:55 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins had an interception in Saturday's win against Florida.

It was Collins' first pick of the season. Collins finished last season with 70 tackles, two fumbles forced, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Collins, a five-star member of the 2012 recruiting class, ranked as the sixth-best overall prospect in the nation that year. The athletic 6-foot, 215-pounder is Mel Kiper's No. 1 underclassman safety. "He has the size to bang in the box and the athleticism to make plays from the backend," Daniel Jeremiah said in helping to rank Collins as NFL.com's No. 18 overall player in college football over the summer.
Sep 21 - 8:52 PM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon had only 59 yards on 18 carries in Saturday's win versus Florida.

He also had a 37-yard reception. Instead of relying on one back, Nick Saban unleashed his trio of studs on the poor Gators. Yeldon was mostly bottle up, but Derrick Henry had 111 yards and a score on 20 carries, and Kenyan Drake (15 rushing yards) had an electric 87-yard touchdown reception right out of the gate. The timeshare means that each can offer the NFL less wear on the tires than comparable backs.
Sep 21 - 7:25 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's win against Florida.

The 6-foot, 208-pounder left the game briefly in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury -- he was replaced by Jake Coker -- but he returned to continue carving up the Gators. After the game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said his signal-caller bruised his shoulder. Luckily, Alabama has a bye next week. This game would have been far uglier for Florida, but the Crimson Tide committed 11 penalties for 80 yards, and had four turnovers that turned into all 21 UF points.
Sep 20 - 7:58 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper had 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-point win against Florida on Saturday.

Cooper had a pretty leaping grab in the end zone against stud Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves with 21 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Crimson Tide a 35-21 lead and essentially end the Gators' threat. On the play, he fought Hargreaves off with his hands before taking to the air, displaying two NFL traits against a fellow future pro. Cooper didn't get called for the penalty, but two of his other potential touchdown catches were called back on flags. The Cooper-Hargreaves matchup was everything scouts had hoped for, and draft analysts will be buzzing over it for at least the next week. If Cooper hadn't stamped his ticket into the first round before, he certainly has now. NFL.com's Albert Breer wrote earlier this week: "The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper projects as a bigger, stronger Odell Beckham, and could be a top-15 draft pick."
Sep 20 - 7:46 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims (shoulder) returned to Saturday's contest versus Florida in the fourth quarter.

After determining that Sims' injury wasn't serious, the Crimson Tide coaches threw him back on the field. And why not? In the first half, Sims became the fifth SEC signal-caller to throw for 300 yards in a half in the past 10 years. Five-hundred yards passing is possible if Alabama doesn't call off the dogs.
Sep 20 - 6:49 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims exited Saturday's game against Florida in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.

Sims galloped to a 24-yard scramble, at the conclusion of which he jogged to the sideline in pain. After a brief consultation with trainers, and a few practice throws, Sims sprinted to the locker room to an ovation. He returned to the sidelines at the end of the quarter. Alabama has not yet updated Sims' status. Florida State transfer Jacob Coker is manning the quarterback position. Prior to the injury, Sims was having the game of his lifetime. The 6-foot, 208-pounder completed 21-of-30 passes for 402 yards and three touchdowns.
Source: AL.com
Sep 20 - 6:41 PM

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


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