Top 5 Alabama wide receivers of all time
Who are Alabama’s five best wide receivers in program history? SDS lists off the best of the best:
5. David Palmer (1991-93): Palmer finds his name on this list ahead of a host of deserving candidates, both recent and dating back to the dawn of Alabama’s football dominance. A consensus All-American in 1993, Palmer was a do-it-all receiver for the Crimson Tide, able to line up anywhere on the field and make plays. He was even one of the first big-time “Wildcat” players, taking direct snaps at time in his career. Palmer was a Heisman finalist after his monster 1993 season, after which he turned pro and was drafted in the second round.
Career stats: 102 catches, 1,611 yards, 11 TD
4. D.J. Hall (2004-07): In his four years in Tuscaloosa, Hall set a slew of receiving records. He left school as Alabama’s all-time catches and receiving yards leader, was the first player to record five straight 100-yard games, was the school’s single-season receptions and yardage leader and held the single-game receptions record. Despite his productive college career, Hall went undrafted in 2008, briefly catching on with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.
Career stats: 194 catches, 2,923 yards, 17 TD
3. Ozzie Newsome (1974-77): Newsome is a legendary SEC figure. He doesn’t have the biggest numbers, but he was one of the most impressive athletes the conference had ever seen when he arrived at Alabama. Playing a hybrid receiver-tight end role, Newsome was one of the best big-play ends the college game had ever seen, and he had expert blocking ability to go along with his receiving skills. Newsome was named the best Crimson Tide player of the 1970s, and his 20.3 yards per catch stood as the best mark in SEC history for two decades after his exit from the conference. Newsome went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Browns and became the NFL’s first black general manager with the Baltimore Ravens.
Career stats: 102 catches, 2,070 yards, 16 TD
2. Julio Jones (2008-2010): In one of the most hotly contested subjects in the SDS office, we have Jones coming in as the second-best receiver in Alabama history. Jones was a transformative player, the first freak athlete Nick Saban hauled in at Alabama. In a run-heavy, pro-style offense, Jones still blossomed into one of the most feared downfield threats in college football thanks to his unfair athleticism and size. Despite playing just three seasons, with one limited by injuries, Jones still left school No. 2 all time in catches and yards and fourth in touchdowns. Jones’ massive potential convinced the Atlanta Falcons to trade a major haul of assets to move up to select him in the 2011 draft.
Career stats: 179 catches, 2,653 yards, 15 TD
1. Amari Cooper (2012-14): Who else could it be? Amari’s massive statistical achievements and the way he carried the most prolific offense in school history set him apart from everyone else on this list. In three years, Cooper took a sledgehammer to Alabama’s record book, leaving campus as the Crimson Tide’s leader in just about every conceivable category. His selection as a Heisman finalist was first for SEC wide receivers, he won just the second Biletnikoff Award in conference history and fell just short of Josh Reed’s single-season yardage record. As a unanimous All-American with two SEC titles and BCS championship on his resume, Cooper is one of the most decorated players in Crimson Tide history and will almost certainly be a top-10 selection in the NFL draft this spring.
Career stats: 228 catches, 3,463 yards, 31 TD