As a true freshman last season, Amari Cooper emerged as one of college football's brightest young playmakers. A first-team preseason All-American selection by Phil Steele, Cooper enters his sophomore season as one of the nation’s most dynamic receivers.
But can he top a freshman campaign that saw him haul in 59 receptions for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns?
To put those numbers in perspective, Cooper eclipsed the freshman totals put up by former Tide great Julio Jones in 2008 (58 catches, 924 yards, four touchdowns). In fact, Cooper’s 2012 totals trail only Jones (2010) and D.J. Hall (2007) for the most receiving yards in a season in the Nick Saban era.
So how will the Tide’s premier game-breaker fare in 2013?