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he is really good at playing football!
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this...his height may keep him from being a first round guy but he can be as good as any receiver out there...i look for us to get him active on some end arounds and reverses next year to expand his role
The IQ is high too. U can watch his routes all day long. He will make a sudden twitch in his route as soon as the corner wants to open or close his hips and give away his defensive position and then his foot just plants in the turf and he's gone. He did this a lot and still didn't mess up the flow of the timing with AJ. Good size, long arms, Soft hands, great quickness, smooth aggressive routes, good blocker, physical enough to get off press coverage and definitely has that other gear when he needs it. What more can u request from a WR? We all thought JJ was the WR we have been missing here for decades, literally decades. And he was! But how nuts is it that a true freshman has already made us, not forget about JJ, but compare him to someone so soon. And already have a better season statistically than JJ n just his first season. All are valid, and when his career at UA is done, he will be the most decorated WR since Mr Hutson
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He has it all. However there is something people miss on him physically and thats his lower body (no homo). He is very smooth in his routes and has the extra gear to get him past his man. Notice in the NC how almost every corner game him so much cushion? That because they couldnt match up with him physically and they knew he would either beat them off the line, or power his way through him, just like his speed he is deceivingly(sp) strong.
First mention of the "extra gear" I have seen in this thread. There was a ball in the BCS title game that fell incomplete but he was running stride for stride with a DB and then in the last 5 yards or so before the ball got there he just hit an extra gear others dont seem to have and separated instantly. The ball barely fell out of his reach but he has "game speed". I'm not sure what his 40 time would be but on the field no one is faster.
I said after the A day game that Cooper had something special and that no one can cover him. But I don't exactly how to explain it. Super quickness or cut-ability. How do you measure that? And like everyone else says, football IQ (encompasses defensive player position and where the open spots are and still on your route)- how do you measure any of this? You just have to witness it at the college level or be a super scout at the HS level.
Hard to pinpoint one thing with Coop as he possesses several tools of the position. His route running and hands are probably the best of any WR at UA in recent memory. He feels the field and his vertical ability gets him in the best situation on jump ball situations. That said, you can watch several opportunities this year where, when Coop decides to seaprate from a DB, he has that extra gear. The thing I see with Coop is that he has better hands and route ability than Prothro, but in a better body for a WR. Sure he is not Calvin Johnson or Julio, but few are...and Coop's WR production will be better than Julio as his WR tools overall are more developed. Guys like Johnson and Julio are freaks because they have the bodies to play more physical positions, yet they have the speed to play WR. Coop is not that, but as far as what you look for in a traditional WR...Coop has it in spades.
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Yea that's my thought as well. With that ball in the BCS championship game, which I think was one of the longest passes that AJ has attempted in his career. Cooper judged the ball pretty well though it was going to carry a little bit farther than he anticipated. He hit the sprint button and just dusted the ND DBs. Would have been one the greatest plays on the season if he had managed to catch it. Cooper is blazing fast, I think just as fast as Julio but has unique acceleration and ball skills.
Guys, here's what's really scary. In Amari's recruting class we took the two best receivers in Florida. That other one is Chris Black.
Chris was one of my favorite recruits, because the kid is so well-spoken and absolutely loves Alabama. He took it really hard when injured and not able to play this season; and I know he would have played if called upon in our last several games. Truth is, it was Chris Black, and not Amari who was getting the most press coming out of highschool. He shined in the A-Day game catching a touchdown pass. Go back and listen to any interview done with Chris, and you'll like him immediately. We very well could see a replay of what happend to Coop with Black in 2013. Can you imagine having two of Coop on the field at the same time? I'm telling you now, keep an eye on Chris Black. Another star in the making!
No its not.
I'm not saying Coop is not great. I think he is. How he can out jump defenders, great hands, route running, game speed, Football IQ, etc, etc...
I watched M. Lee 4 times this year...ESPN hype as far as I'm concerned. The credit goes to M. Barkley IMO. Watch the games where Barkley didn't play. Lee never "makes a play on the ball". He won't out jump someone. He won't re-adjust. He "plays" (don't know if he does) like he has no heart. USC beats ND 4 out of 5 times with Barkley. Maybe Lee just got so used the ball hitting him in the hands that he can't play with anyone else. ESPN talks up M. Lee, but I am not impressed. Watch the USC-Notre Dame game when it comes on again.
Not ready to crown Coop the best WR ever, but he is pretty DARN good. Could be the best pure WR to play at Bama. Glad he is wearing Crimson and love his heart and drive. Thanks Coop!
I might be missing something but the Coop has good size. You don't have to be 6' 4" to be a 1st round guy. Now, I don't know if the numbers are way off but he is listed at 6' 1" and 198 lbs. For contrast purposes, Marqise Lee is listed at 6' 0" 196 lbs.
2012 1st round WRs listed size:
Justin Blackmon(5th overall) 6' 1" 207 lbs
Michael Floyd(13th overall) 6' 3" 225 lbs
Kendall Wright(20th overall) 5' 10" 196 lbs
AJ Jenkins(30th overall) 6' 0" 192 lbs
He has very comparable in size to guys like Reggie Wayne and Torrey Smith. I would say his game is alot like Reggie Wayne but he is a bigger deep threat than Wayne and he is much more shifty and an open field threat than Wayne is as well.
Here is write up the Bleacher Report did on Amari Cooper after the Ole Miss game which was sorta like a coming out party for amari. They talked about his skill set before we were even having this discussion. It is a good write-up and really reinforces what has been said ITT. He isn't a freak athlete like Julio or Calvin but he is an incredible WR.
BTW, he is rated the #1 WR in the 2016 class right now. It is early so we have no idea what it will look like in 2-3 years but he is definitely a 1st round type talent. Don't be fooled into thinking he is just a little quick guy will not be able to put up good numbers at the next level...this kid is the real deal.
Alabama's true freshman phenom Amari Cooper is having an incredible season, and if he continues his current trend, he will become a Crimson Tide legend...
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And Henry at TE or slot. Now I know why AJ's coming back.
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