Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) runs after a catch against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first quarter of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football: Amari Cooper credits Lane Kiffin for big spring game performance


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.

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  • Rick

    Lane Kiffin is a good coach who will be one day be great !

    Bama will be better with him then without him

    He made mistakes here in L.A., trying to do too much instead of trusting his assistant coaches

    And he paid dearly for it !

    But anyone who has seen him up-close knows that he is an offensive guru and as Offensive Coordinator he is as good as they come in college football !

    I wish him the best down yonder south

    But now “WE” out West are BACK !!!

    And we will personally put an end to the SCC`s run !

    And ya all know who “WE” are…

    FightOn