Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper had tied* or set the single game record for receptions, yardage and touchdowns in prior 2014 games. He had 13 receptions* against Florida Atlantic. Against Tennessee, he set a new standard with 224 receiving yards. The Florida Gators were a victim of three touchdown* catches. Most consider those three separate achievements spectacular. On Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa against arch rival Auburn, the magnificent Cooper duplicated the trifecta in a single game virtuoso performance with 13 receptions, 224 receiving yards and 3 touchdown receptions.
For an encore he set the all-time career school record with his 14th 100-plus receiving yard game. He was tied at 13 with D.J. Hall (2004-07). The Heisman candidate added to his single and career school record touchdown reception totals which now stand at 14 and 29 respectively. He went over the century mark in receptions for a season, first ever in school history – 103. The junior eligible NFL prospect established another school milestone by breaking the 200 reception career barrier. Tied for the lead with D.J. Hall at 194 prior to the Auburn game, he now has 207.
Virtuoso and encore are terms commonly heard around the streets of New York City to celebrate artistic excellence witnessed in opera and theater. Cooper continues to create exceptional memories and master the skills of playing the wide receiver position. He has earned a standing ovation from those in Tuscaloosa and a legion of hard core college football audiences across the country. Atlanta, site of the SEC Championship Game, is the next stage on the road tour for the splendid and gifted Cooper. Can a visit to the Big Apple for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony on December 13th be arranged?