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I know this has probably been discussed before, but if so, I missed it
Julio was a beast but for whatever reason we couldn't hit him in full stride. His first game with the Falcons was the first time I'd seen him hit in stride across the middle and the result was beautiful. Julio also had that long streak without a touchdown. He could play through pain, was unselfish and could block like a mofo. He could block out a defender better than any player I've seen at Bama. Was gold for us on third downs.
Amari is smooth like silk in his route running and has hands of gold. As polished as any receiver regardless of age. He don't miss much and gives us that downfield threat we've been missing. He also has better a better QB and receivers around him than Julio did. AC has scored more touchdowns and has more yards than Julio his freshman year. I don't think he blocks as well but is very good from what I've seen.
Not counting Julio's NFL career, I say Julio by a hair. If Amari keeps it up for two more years then I'll have to change that. AC has a chance to be the best Rec. in Alabama history with respect to Don Hutson and Julio Jones. Time will tell..
What say ye?
I'll take a receiver with sure hands ANY DAY...
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Amari will end up the better college receiver by pure numbers most likely. Julio was a physical specimen that we will most likely never see again, but he did have the case of the dropsies sometimes. That's why I'd give amari the definite advantage in the hands department. Julio will end up a better NFL player than he was a college player, which says a whole lot about the player he is. People also forget he was never 100 percent while he was here. Along with Julio being our only real threat most of his career here which would cause double teams by most opponents.We wil never see a better blocking WR than Julio though. For example, go watch Mark Ingrams run vs Ole Miss on that 4th and 1 play from 2009. That was all julio. Amari also has the better QB, but the way amari can get separation leads me to believe he is not a one hit wonder. I'll say amari ends up with the better college career. The separation he gets from DB's is something I have not seen from a receiver here in my lifetime.
This post was edited by DHS89 15 months ago
Also, which one is faster?
Amari is already a better college wide receiver then Julio. Julio will probably end up being a better overall football player when we look back at the end of their careers.
Julio is probably my favorite player to come thru at Bama, but Cooper is easily the more polished receiver at the same point in their careers. Amari separates himself with his route running and he's got better hands as well. But Julio's intensity has been unmatched by anyone else I've seen play.
At this point it's Julio in my opinion. 3 years of proven quality contribution, helping Bama get back to dominance. Best reciever EVER at Bama for my 47 years or so of watching the Crimson Tide....so far. Very physical, great blocker, good hands, played through pain many times, very good speed, great work ethic, and would be doing even better if he was playing now with A.J. at quarterback. And now a pro bowler among the best players in the world. I really want Amari Cooper to be the best.. but let's see after 3 years & his overall body of work. A.J. is also best overall quarterback in many, many years. R.T.R.!!
They're very different types of receivers. It has been mentioned several times, but Julio never had a QB with a big time arm to hit him with the deep ball. I honestly think they're equally good, but for totally different reasons.
It's kind of an apples/oranges comparison.
Julio ran a 4.36 or 4.37. Amari gets open by running perfect routes but isn't as fast. Still plenty fast but he's not Julio when it comes to 40 fast.
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Not so fast...
Amari has a second gear on the football field that I've never seen from Julio. His ability to separate from coverage when the ball is in the air is incredible.
On top of that, superior hands, concentration, and other qualities that make him a better pure WR than Julio (imo), the most noticeable advantage is Amari's ability to locate the ball and go get it, whether it be at the highest point or scooping it off the turf, his adjustments are at a level that is only rivaled by Lee at USCw the past few years in CFB... maybe longer.
Julio is the better athlete, not the better receiver, and it speaks volumes about Cooper's ability at the position that we are even discussing this when he's a true freshman and Julio is currently a top 5-10 WR in the league and arguably the best ever at Bama.
what is truly great is that we can discuss this. We have come a long way as a program. To have two of the greatest Bama receivers in a 3 year span is amazing. Roll Tide.
Julio is Julio. Amari is AJ Green. There are many in the NFL like AJ Green and Amari Cooper, but Julio is a rare breed at the position.
Why does one have to be better? They're both great, and our program is indebted to both. They are both receivers, but they have a different skill set.
Answer this: How many national championships would Bama have if Julio had gone to LSU or somewhere else? How many would we have if Cooper had gone to Miami or someplace else?
For me, the answer is that we wouldn't have '09 but for Julio, and we wouldn't have '12 but for Cooper. And I don't mean their play in the BCSNC game, I mean their impact all season.
I don't have an opinion as to who is better I just feel so fortunate as an Alabama fan that we have had both very good players on our teams at different times. I think it's hard to differentiate between the two because the make up of each team was so different. Julio excelled in the team he played on and Amari has absolutely excelled this year. We are blessed to have both at different times.
Exactly! They both had a huge impact to the team. We have 3 titles and each player made huge contributions. If we had them together with AJ the offense would have been so unstoppable that i can't come up with an analogy for it.
As far as who had the better freshman season it was Cooper. The rest remains to be seen but if Cooper stays healthy, I think he will be the best WR in Bama history.
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