The Alabama selections were not a huge surprise. Amari Cooper, a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver who was winner of the Belitnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver and the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was selected just a few days after finishing third in Heisman Trophy voting. Also named to the first ream representing the Crimson Tide was junior safety Landon Collins, 6-0, 222.
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Alabama is preparing to play Ohio State in the semifinal round of the inaugural College Football Playoff in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. From the Buckeyes, the AP first team included sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa. The third team had two representatives from Ohio State, redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett.