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TRips: Three opposing WRs for 2012

Vinnie Sunseri and the rest of the UA secondary will face some the game's top wide receivers in 2012.

Ranking the top three opposing wide receivers on Alabama's 2012 schedule:

1.] Justin Hunter, Tennessee
2011 season: Sustained season-ending ACL injury in week three. Hauled in 17 passes for 314 yards (18.5 yards per catch) and two touchdowns in two-plus games prior to going down in Vols' loss at Florida.
Why he's on the list: Even if the junior isn't all the way back from a speed standpoint (and I'm guessing he'll be close), his large frame (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) makes him a tough matchup for smaller corners. And in Tyler Bray, Hunter has a quarterback who will get him the football.
Did you know?: Nine of Hunter's 33 career receptions have gone for touchdowns.

2.] Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee
2011 season: First-team All-SEC selection by league media. Led the SEC in receptions (67) and receiving yards (1,040) as a sophomore. Caught two passes for 32 yards in loss at Alabama.
Why he's on the list?: He hasn't exactly been a model of maturity thus far, but do you really think Derek Dooley is going to put a talent like this out by the curb? Assuming Hunter stays on the field, Rogers' receptions and receiving yards totals may shrink a tad in 2012, but his yards per catch average and touchdown numbers could go up. That's assuming, of course, that Rogers is still a part of the Tennessee program in the fall. Barring a suspension/dismissal mandated by the school president himself, we're betting that will be the case.
Did you know?: Rogers had a touchdown catch in five consecutive games a season ago.

3.] Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas
2011 season: Hamilton hauled in 34 passes for 542 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and four touchdowns as a junior. Lone grab against Alabama last season -- an acrobatic reception over Dre Kirkpatrick in the back of the end zone -- covered 19 yards and went for a score.
Why he's on the list: Three things the top three on this list have in common: 1.] all three are legitimate No. 1 options; 2.] all three are big receivers who can stretch the field; and 3.] all three play with quarterbacks who can get them the ball. Hamilton checks out in each of those categories.
Did you know?: Hamilton's mother, Deborah, is recognized as one of the two first African-American female varsity basketball players at Arkansas.

Next three: Ryan Swope (Sr.), Texas A&M; Odell Beckham, Jr. (So.), LSU; Nickolas Brassell (So.), Ole Miss.

Also see:
Three opposing RBs for 2012
Three opposing QBs for 2012
Three opposing DEs for 2012

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