Friday, June 27, 2014

'Bama should be in "good hands" this season at WR

While Alabama's quarterback situation will continue to be a prominent topic of discussion this offseason, the plethora of targets UA's eventual quarterback will have to throw to has been well established.

With arguably the best crop of receivers in the SEC, and quite possibly the nation before 2014 is over, 'Bama is poised to have a statistical juggernaut when it comes to the passing game if the Crimson Tide can cement a confident and efficient starting quarterback.

Blending familiar and proven talent with highly touted freshmen, UA will form what can only be considered a dream for the Crimson Tide offense, and a certifiable nightmare for any defensive secondary.

Prominent players

Amari Cooper
Christion Jones
DeAndrew White

Emerging talent

Chris Black
Raheem Falkins
Robert Foster (Redshirt Freshman)
Derek Kief (True Freshman)
Cameron Sims (True Freshman)
ArDarius Stewart (Redshirt Freshman)

Departures from 2013

Kenny Bell
Kevin Norwood

If Amari Cooper wasn't already the "headliner" of Alabama's talented receiving unit prior to this season, with the departure of playmaker Kevin Norwood, Cooper will almost certainly be the star attraction in 2014. Faced with lofty expectations as the season approaches, Cooper will be looked upon to make the big receptions at the most critical times.
Joining Cooper, to likely form Alabama's main trio, will be Christion Jones and DeAndrew White. Barring something unforeseen, Cooper, Jones, and White should garner most of the receptions in 2014. Chris Black will also vie for significant playing time as well, within this core unit.
In respect to the supporting cast, the talent pool is deep, yet the rotation is quite the mystery as of the present time. While too early to tell who will make an impact, and too early to tell which, if any, true freshmen will be given a redshirt, one can only speculate that players such as Raheem Falkins, Robert Foster, and Cameron Sims will be three of the highly touted receivers who will contend for respectable minutes this season.

As was the case in 2013, Alabama is loaded at wide receiver. If the UA offensive line can be stout in the trenches, and the Crimson Tide can find a quarterback who is stable in the pocket, 'Bama certainly has the potential to make some statistical history in the passing game this season.

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