ESPN’s Edward Aschoff has a job to do and yesterday it was analyzing sleepers from the SEC for the 2014 Heisman Trophy. While ‘Bama running back T.J. Yeldon won’t be a sleeper, he’ll be a candidate from the get-go, receiver Amari Cooper could creep into the conversation:
4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: He had a relatively quiet regular season, but Cooper has what it takes to be a real superstar in this league. We saw major flashes of it during his freshman year, but nagging injuries cut his production in 2013. He caught 36 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder against Auburn. Cooper is a deep threat and can make the tough catches in traffic. If he’s healthy, he could make a Heisman push, as he becomes the prime go-to guy for Alabama’s new quarterback.
Cooper is a fantastic receiver, possibly even the best in the country, but I’ll go ahead out on a limb and say due to the Tide’s uncertainty at quarterback, Cooper won’t win.
On the other hand, if the quarterbacking issues cause the ‘Bama to run more, that could easily help Yeldon’s cause.