Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is looking for a bounce back year statistically after catching 45 passes and four touchdowns last season. 
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Alabama has a pair of stud running backs - T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry - for new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to use this year. But teams that stack the box against the Crimson Tide do so at their own peril.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper's numbers were down across the board last season from his breakout 2012 campaign, but he still caught 45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns, including snagging nine passes for 121 yards in Alabama’s Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma after being nagged by various leg injuries during the season.

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Cooper is featured on one of five regional Sports Illustrated covers this week previewing the upcoming college football season, which has a four-team playoff for the first time. 

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For more on the College Football Preview, including profiles on Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, check out this week's issue of Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).

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