Alabama Football: Breaking Down Top 5 Wide Receivers for 2013

Charlie Potter@@Charlie_PotterContributor IIIMay 3, 2013

Alabama Football: Breaking Down Top 5 Wide Receivers for 2013

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    Wide receiver is arguably the deepest position on the Alabama Crimson Tide's roster for the 2013-14 season.

    Zero players graduated from the receiving corp, and several players will be returning from injuries that left them out of the fold last year.

    But who are the best receivers on this Alabama team?

    Incoming players like highly talented recruit Robert Foster can't be considered because they have yet to put on a crimson helmet.

    And the anticipated debut of redshirt freshman Chris Black never happened last season because of injury. If it had happened, his name might have been in the discussion.

    Here we break down Alabama's top five wide receivers for 2013.

5. DeAndrew White

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    DeAndrew White is coming back from a knee injury after a promising start to the 2012 football season.

    He proved to be one of quarterback AJ McCarron's favorite targets last year and will look to return to the starting lineup.

    White is an every-down receiver that has big-play capabilities, and he can turn a first down into a touchdown.

    McCarron will enjoy having him back next season.

4. Kenny Bell

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    Kenny Bell is also returning from an injury he suffered last year. But Bell saw more playing time because his injury didn't occur until the regular-season finale against Auburn.

    He pulled in 17 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns before his injury. He was McCarron's favorite deep threat and was a specialist in streaking down the sideline.

    Having him back in the arsenal allows for the other receivers to get open underneath and cause a lot of problems for the opposing secondary.

3. Christion Jones

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    This spring, Christion Jones worked as a receiver and a defensive back, proving what kind of athletic ability the rising junior brings to the Crimson Tide.

    But in the A-Day game, he showed how explosive he can be in the passing game for offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Jones caught a 50-yard pass from McCarron that eventually led to a White team victory.

    He possesses the speed and hands to be a dynamic threat for Alabama, and he should remain in the starting rotation because of it.

2. Kevin Norwood

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    Kevin Norwood might not put up big numbers like some of the other receivers on Alabama's roster, but in the biggest games, McCarron seems to look Norwood's way when the game is on the line.

    In the 2011 BCS National Championship game, Norwood led all receivers with 78 yards on four catches. McCarron trusts him and will look for him when he needs to complete a clutch throw.

    The other players will have a tough time knocking Norwood out of the starting lineup.

1. Amari Cooper

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    Amari Cooper set the world of college football on fire in his true freshman season. He emerged into the starting lineup after White went down and never looked back.

    In his first year at the University of Alabama, Cooper caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. He recorded five 100-yard performances, with two of them coming in the SEC championship game and the BCS National Championship game.

    He is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver for the Crimson Tide, and he still has at least two years left to rack up more yards and touchdowns.

    It will be entertaining to see Cooper progress as a receiver in his second collegiate year.