Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Landon Collins were named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-America team on Friday.
The junior wide receiver is looking to rebound from injuries and have a campaign as successful as his rookie year, in which he broke several Crimson Tide freshman receiving records.
From Steele’s report:
Coming off an outstanding freshman campaign during which he had 1,000 yards receiving, Cooper battled a nagging toe injury last year and only had 100 total yards in the first five games. He did rebound to the lead the Crimson Tide in receiving for the second consecutive year. This season, in Lane Kiffin’s wide receiver friendly-offense, which in 2012 featured the Biletnikoff winner in Marqise Lee, look for Cooper to top even his freshman numbers.
Collins, meanwhile, has become one of the leaders of the Alabama defense, and looks to make a statement as Nick Saban reshapes his defense into a more fluid group capable of better defending the hurry-up spread offense. From Steele’s report:
Last season, Collins had a strong sophomore campaign playing both strong and free safety, notching six pass breakups and two interceptions while being the second-leading tackler for the Crimson Tide. This season, with the loss of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri, Collins is the clear leader of the secondary and is my No. 1 free safety in the nation.