Amari Cooper was born in Miami, Florida in 1994. A wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, he was considered one of the best receivers of his high school class and made an instant impact in college football, seeing substantial playing time as a true freshman and breaking several school records during the year.
For high school, Cooper attended Miami Northwestern, where he played alongside Teddy Bridgewater, forming a strong partnership together. In his junior year, he was credited with 16 receptions for 175 yards and as a senior, he managed to increase those stats to 33 catches for 722 yards. At the conclusion of his senior year, Cooper impressed with his performance in the Under Armour All-America Game and by the time he graduated form high school, he was a consensus four-star recruitment prospect. He subsequently committed to attend the University of Alabama.
As a freshman in 2012, Cooper experienced huge success, appearing in all 14 of the team's games and starting nine of them. Alabama went on to win both the SEC Championship and the BCS National Championship. For his part, Cooper finished the season with a team-leading 59 receptions for 1,000 yards and set a school record of 11 touchdown receptions in a single season. With just over three minutes left on the clock, his touchdown catch won Alabama the SEC Championship Game, securing a 32-28 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. During the postseason BCS National Championship Game, he led the team's receivers with 105 reception yards and two touchdowns, as Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to become champions.
Throughout the 2012 season, Cooper managed five 100 yard receiving games in total and was voted as the Alabama Offensive Player of the Week on four occasions. At the end of the year, he was named as a consensus Freshman All-American and the league's coaches selected him to the SEC All-Freshman team.
In 2013, the school was unable to repeat its National Championship success from the previous year and Cooper endured something of a sophomore slump. However, despite not reaching the heights of his freshman season, he still led the team with 736 receiving yards off 45 catches. In addition, he was able to contribute four touchdown receptions in total.
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