SEC’s top 25 players of 2013: No. 11 Alabama’s Amari Cooper
SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 11: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (SO)
2012 stats: 59 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 TDs
2013 Projected stats: 70 catches for 1,120 yards and 14 TDs
Why he’s worthy: Amari Cooper is certainly one of the most talented players college football has to offer. He’s Alabama’s best receiver since the incredible Julio Jones, and not even Jones registered 1,000 yards as a freshman and never looked as explosive as Cooper throughout his career.
Cooper really only became involved more heavily in the offense when DeAndrew White was injured against Ole Miss, and he became arguably the most potent and most important Alabama offensive player down the stretch as the title march continued.
The former early enrollee had a breakout game against the Rebels when he nabbed eight catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and just two weeks later Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee. But it was big catches against Texas A&M, Georgia and Notre Dame that we remember the most. He combined for four touchdowns and 369 yards on those three massive stages.
Alabama’s offense should attack defenses more through the air in 2013, knowing AJ McCarron has a full arsenal of talented pass catchers, but no doubt Cooper’s the leader of the group.
Cooper may be the most raw talented player in the SEC, but I want to see him more heavily involved in the Tide’s passing attack for 2013.
1. Biggest freak in college football
2. Johnny what’s his name?
3. Best running back in college football
4. The biggest winner in the rankings
5. College football’s No. 2 overall running back
6. A record-setting QB
7. The Tide’s defensive glue
8. The best offensive tackle in college football?
9. Alabama’s O-line anchor
10. Texas A&M’s versatile left tackle
11. The biggest deep threat in the country?
12. Florida’s dancing defender
13. One LB who should explode in 2013
14. Jarvis Jones who?
15. The SEC East’s top receiver
16. Florida’s Honey Badger
17. A receiver who doesn’t drop passes…ever
18. LSU’s freak
19. A Rebel who knows he’s good
20. Funny name; not a funny game
21. Arkansas’ O-line anchor
22. A receiving freak
23. An underrated Tennessee head smasher
24. LSU’s defensive quarterback
25. An unheralded Hog
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