Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper had a huge spring scrimmage this past Saturday. Working on the first-team offense, Cooper grabbed 10 balls for a total of 190 yards and two touchdowns in front of the huge crowd inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The offense looked good under the direction of new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, and Cooper was quick to credit his new coach when speaking about his dominant performance.
“Coach Kiffin calls plays based on matchups and what he sees,” Cooper said. “Like I said before, it’s a simple offense. If he sees they are in man-to-man coverage and I have a hitch route, it converts if he’s close to me, we are going to throw a little fade route and make something out of it.”
After being fired from USC last season, Kiffin was hired by Nick Saban to come in and run things on the offensive side of the ball, and Cooper also believes that part of what makes him so good at that–as opposed to being a head coach–is the fact that he just likes to keep it simple and let the athletes make the plays.
“Some coaches and quarterbacks over-analyze things at times,” Cooper said. “Sometimes it can be pitch and catch, let the play-makers make plays.”
So far, the Kiffin experiment seems to be working in Tuscaloosa, but we’ll know just how well it’s working once he’s coaching against the SEC once again this fall.