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: Nick Saban says it takes two defenders to cover Amari Cooper


The Alabama Crimson Tide may not have their three-year starting quarterback in AJ McCarron running the show in 2014, but they do have arguably one of the best wide receivers in the nation returning in Amari Cooper. And head coach Nick Saban expressed recently just how great his number one target is by saying that you can’t just put one man on him and expect to get away with it.

“The guy’s really an explosive guy,” Saban said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “He’s got great speed, he’s got really good hands, he’s got good size. He can catch the ball vertically down the field. He’s difficult to cover coming out of a break.

“He’s good against press (coverage), so he’s a pretty hard guy to stop unless you put two guys on him.”

Cooper has spent the entirety of the spring season tearing through his own team’s defense, racking up 19 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns in two scrimmages.

This Saturday, Cooper and the Tide will take the field inside Bryant-Denny Stadium for the annual A-Game, where Cooper’s talents will once again be on full display.

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