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...freshman numbers in recent years. Stacks up pretty well, especially when you consider that he had just three catches for 27 yards in his first two games of the season...
Amari Cooper: 53 catches for 895 and 9 touchdowns in 13 games as a true frosh in 2012.
USC's Marqise Lee: 73 catches for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games as true frosh in 2011,
USC's Robert Woods: 65 receptions for 792 yards and 6 touchdowns in 13 games as a true frosh in 2010.
UT's Justin Hunter: 16 catches for 415 yards and 7 touchdowns in 13 games as a true frosh in 2010.
UGA's AJ Green: 56 catches for 963 yards and 8 touchdowns in 13 games as a true frosh in 2008.
UA's Julio Jones: 58 catches for 924 yards and 4 touchdowns in 14 games as a true frosh in 2008.
OSU's Justin Blackmon: 20 catches for 260 and 2 touchdowns in 13 games as a redshirt frosh in 2009.
OSU's Dez Bryant: 43 catches for 622 yards and 6 touchdowns in 12 games as a true frosh in 2007.
M Lee is obviously ridiculous, but it certainly doesnt hurt to have Robert woods lined up on the other side of the field lol.
Lee is ridiculous, but you're right about having Woods to help out. Bell really made opposing defenses pay for loading up on Cooper. UGA cheated Rambo to Cooper a good bit in the SEC game and McCarron and Norwood didn't make them pay.
Impressive stats and we haven't even seen the best of him yet. The future looks very bright.
what still amazes me about cooper is that even with them cheating Rambo his way the majority of the game, he still found a way to kill them in the end. It also doesnt hurt to pound them for 350 yards then go play action lol. But i dont know if we've had a receiver at UA to this point that just knows how to get open the way Cooper does. If you watch him, he just finds ways to do it. Its pretty amazing considering hes only a true freshman.
pretty good company
One more from last year. Sammy Watkins 82 rec, 1219 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. Though he did miss 3 games, his numbers are not near as good this year.
I really think he's a more natural WR than Julio. JJ may be the best athlete I've ever seen at WR but Cooper has better timing for the deep ball and runs better routes. He also seems to have better hands. No one will be tougher than JJ though playing with a broken hand and torn shoulder. Dude was tough as nails and will always be one of my all time favorite players. But Cooper is a natural born WR and could be one of the greatest of all time before he leaves UA.
That's impressive. 25 yards per and a touchdown every 2 catches.
Amari will break 1000 yards this year. Alabama's running game will make Notre Dame bring those safeties up. Once that happens, Amari is going to punish them.
Just wait until he is able to consistently remember which route he is supposed to be running. He doesn't have the play book down yet. When he does, he may be unstoppable.
He could have run the wrong route. Hell he could have done a River Dance, dropped down for 20 pushups, call his girlfriend, whatever, on that play before running and still would have dusted Swann by 10 yards. The guy was completely toast within a half second at the beginning of the play.
Watkins is obviously the standard. Plus he was a game-breaking kick returner.
Cooper probably is too but I guess he can't beat out Dee Milliner???
As for comparison: Julio Jones was not as sudden/quick off line of scrimmage nor was his acceleration after the catch. (Julio has improved his accelaration since joining the Falcons. Will still drop the easy catch from time-to-time).
I think he was referring to AJ's interception in the end zone against UGA. There was obviously some confusion on the play and i tend to think it was probably Amari who was confused rather than AJ. either way, i didnt like the play call.
He could probably be one heck of a kick returner, but i dont think Saban will risk losing him to injury when we have other good options.
Amari has run the wrong routes a lot this year, including the one you are referencing. Even on some of his big plays he wasn't where he was supposed to be, but he gets so open they have worked out. Once he knows where to be and can be in sync with his QB, look out.
Watching Cooper this year on the field reminds me so much of Dez Bryant with his size, quickness, and exceptional acceleration after the catch. Although, Amari's hands seem to be even better than Bryant. Amari is a high character kid whereas Bryant was not, and I would not be surprised to see Cooper be a top 15 pick after his Junior season. What an exciting future to look forward to for Amari Cooper and the Crimson Tide!
That is a nice list for Cooper to be on. Thanks!
Hopefully AJ will give it another ride and they can break some records together
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Wait til next year, with Chris Black on the other side, or in the slot. Our pass offense will be unstoppable. Literally.
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Would be interested in knowing, Travis, how much all those teams benefited from a great running game and STILL put those numbers up. Julio's numbers look good until you get to the TDs. Green had Knowshon, but the rest all played in pass-first offenses which, I think, make Amari's numbers look even better.
One thing to remember on AJ and Julio is that AJ had a number one overall draft pick throwing the ball to him, and Julio had JPW. Huge difference.
True, although some would argue that the running game at UA helps free up Cooper for big plays. I'd agree with that except for the fact that Cooper has turned in more than a few incredible individual efforts. Simply put, he's made McCarron look good just as much as McCarron has made him look good.
The running games at UT and Southern Cal the last few years have been ornamental. Look good at times but really just something to do between stretches of four or five passes. Same with Okie State. So, yeah, those guys had more opportunities to pile up numbers. I'd like to see the number of time Cooper was targeted this season and the number of times he made the play. I bet the ratio is very good.
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