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.
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