Amari Cooper, a 6-1, 210-pound junior for the Alabama Crimson Tide, will be starting for his third year this season. The Miami native is a pre-season All-America and is also on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s best player.
Cooper has played in 26 career games, making 16 starts and catching 104 passes for 1,736 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He was a Freshman All-America for Bama’s 2012 national championship team as he broke the school record with 11 receiving touchdowns while breaking Julio Jones’s freshman records for receptions (59) and receiving yards (1,000). Last year he was slowed by injuries and also saw constant double teams and bracket coverages, but still had 45 catches for a team high 736 yards in seven starts and 12 games played. One of those catches was a record 99-yard touchdown reception.
There are 55 on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented to the nation’s outstanding college receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, a former All-America at Florida State and a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
This year’s winner will be announced at the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11. Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 17 and finalists Nov. 24. The presentation banquet will be Feb. 7 in Tallahassee.