Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Receiving Stat Predictions
Amari Cooper – 5 catches, 97 yards, TD
Kevin Norwood – 3 catches, 41 yards, TD
Chris Black – 3 catches, 32 yards
DeAndrew White – 2 catches, 25 yards
Kenny Bell – 1 catch, 15 yards
Christion Jones – 1 catch, 14 yards
O.J. Howard – 1 catch, 13 yards
T.J. Yeldon – 1 catch, 8 yards
Sophomore wideout Amari Cooper could be the most explosive playmaker in the country. Veterans Kenny Bell, Kevin Norwood and DeAndrew White, who are each healthy after nursing injuries in the offseason, will flank him.
Newcomers such as Chris Black, Robert Foster and Raheem Falkins give a boost to the depth of a group that was depleted by injuries last season. Tight end Brian Vogler and H-back O.J. Howard provide McCarron with bigger targets to target in the middle of the field and in the red zone.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech’s pass defense is solid under defensive coordinator Bud Foster. The Hokies finished No. 24 nationally in pass defense last season yielding just under 200 yards per game through the air.
However, the loss of star defensive back Antone Exum means that the Hokies will likely start touted true freshman and former 5-star recruit Kendall Fuller at corner.
On paper, this secondary could be one of the best the Tide will face all season. However, expect McCarron and company to rise to the occasion and have a solid day in the Georgia Dome.