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Starters – Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White, Christion Jones
Backups – Chris Black, Robert Foster, Cameron Sims, Raheem Falkins, ArDarius Stewart
Analysis: Alabama has plenty of experience with upperclassmen Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White—who missed the spring due to a toe injury.
As pointed out by Andrew Gribble of AL.com, Saban feels comfortable about that trio leading his receiver unit.
"We feel like there’s three guys if we can throw DeAndrew White in there with Amari Cooper and Christion Jones that have a lot of experience and a lot of ability,” Saban said.
However, the emergence of redshirt sophomore Chris Black—who hauled in six passes for 89 yards in the Tide’s second scrimmage per Casagrande—is a welcomed development.
The Tide will need that type of production to continue from Black, along with contributions from some of the younger receivers on the roster. Players such as Foster, Falkins and Sims are bigger receivers who have the physical ability to contribute this fall if they can improve on their consistency and mastery of the fundamentals of the position.
Even though this unit was plagued by drops and inconsistency in the spring game, Saban admitted he doesn’t like to feature skill players in a spring game setting.
“We really don’t feature our skill guys very much, but Amari Cooper had a great spring,” Saban said. “So did Christion Jones. We had three running backs that had really good springs. I don’t think the consistency on offense is what I’d like for it to have been today. We made some plays, but there wasn’t the sort of consistency that you would really like to see in the offense.”
Grade – A