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Cooper had 3 amazing plays in the game, imo. The two deep balls were unbelievable, because I've seen those types of passes hit the turf for years and years while watching Bama, but not this time. On both long balls, Cooper was barely open, but he had the body control, awareness, and agility to both "beat" his defender and highpoint the ball. It was a clinic, and it was especially impressive knowing he's not that tall. He doesn't have the luxury of AJ Green's height where AJ can go up 12 feet in the air and pluck balls out of the air, so Cooper must use his body, and that's exactly what he did. On both plays, he completely owned the CB by positioning himself and his hands without pushing off or committing pass interference. To me, this was amazing.
That being said, I thought what he did on the 30yd WR screen was incredible, but it got no publicity due to the penalty. They never even replayed it to show how badly he burned the UT safety. When I saw the play develop, I figured it would be a 4-5yd gain like when we usually run those plays, but Cooper juked the UT Safety out of his cleats with the slightest of maneuvers, and he did it while running full speed. The UT defender didn't even touch him. Props also go to the two Bama WRs who locked up their defenders beautifully, but what Cooper did with the ball in his hands is something I ALSO haven't seen from a Bama WR in a long time.
Edit: I'd love to see a reply/video of this if anyone can find it. I can't believe they didn't show multiple replays from different angles. I want to see how bad he broke that guy's ankles...
This post was edited by WarrX 18 months ago
I seen that as well I was at the game and I was on top of the end zone and I was an awesome play by cooper
Best play of his career in my opinion
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Definitely an impressive play. I'm confident saying Cooper is the game changer at WR not named Julio we've been waiting several years for.
IMO, he's the first guy we've had since Prothro who is really good at going in the air and fighting for those 50/50 balls. Sky is the limit for that guy.
Would definitely love to see some video of this play.
Hate to be buzz killington but one of his TDs he was completely wide open
I agree, you would think some one would at least mention the play.
Open or not, he is the most dynamic receiver to play since Julio and will break records before he leaves. Cooper is a freak athlete.
It was a great play & it was a BS flag. Cooper accelerates so fast he can leave 98% of the DB's in college behind in about 5 yards & I love the way he high points the ball on both those 2 deep passes (1 TD & 1 inside 10)
Which is why I didn't mention that play...
That was nice. Showed how quick he can be and how he accelerates with just the smallest opening. Great play.
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From what I've seen thus far, I think Cooper may turn out to be a better pure receiver than Julio. Julio was a freak of nature athletically but sometimes his hands, route running and body control were suspect.
Where is TiderNFL or whatever his name was ? Dude was boasting on Cooper and his abilities way before he ever committed and then through the whole process.
I agree with this. I also think Cooper is in a better situation to succeed than Julio...at least while AJ is at the helm and with the rest of the team around him.
The penalty was correct. The two wide receivers on the side opposite Cooper were both clearly in the backfield. We had 5 in the backfield. A replay of how we lined up clearly showed the problem. CNS probably chewed some because the penalty gave Coop no advantage and cost us a TD. The outside receiver was probably the guilty party.
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Wasn't that Calloway's penalty ?
This post was edited by rolBAMAballs 18 months ago
Ahh. I thought the plays you were highlighting were his 3 tds, one being called back
Could not agree more, best play of the night. He is showing he has the ability produce game breaking/winning plays and as a freshman. He is smooth as silk out there!
We l love Julio but he is just huge and sometimes borderline awkward looking. Cooper is smooth
The long pass plays for 43/54yds, one of which wasn't a TD. The first TD was 23 yards and super easy...almost so easy that AJ didn't throw it far enough.
Easy. The Falcons gave up half their draft for Julio. AC is on his way to being great. But let's hold off on crowning him our best WR ever just yet bc, if he's better than Julio, that's what he'd be.
Flame if u must but it was NOT a BS flag. Some of those flags are ticky tacky but it was so obvious they had to. The two WR on the near side were both at least 2 yards off the LOS. The formation was incorrect. I was there and it looked like different formation with the RB and TE both n backfield (RB was deep with QB). Bottom 2 WRs were anywhere near the LOS. Which made the call easy I guess. Nonetheless Amari showcased his skill set for sure on numerous spots and that was a nice one!
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^^^^ This is what happened. I just saw the replay again. Cooper was on the line. We had QB, HB, TB and the two WR opposite Cooper also in the backfield. We did run several plays with both WR on the wide side in the backfield, but we didn't have the HB in the backfield. Don't matter now who it was. CNS will get their attention.
I saw Amari borrow the Lacey spin move on two of his catch and runs.
This post was edited by 442Bama 18 months ago
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