Alabama Crimson Tide Wide Receivers Must Improve

Tim Heitman, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Alabama Crimson Tide head into the season as the top-ranked team in the country according to the USA Today Coaches Poll released last week. While big things are expected from the Tide and head coach Nick Saban this season, there are still questions to be answered in fall camp.

One of the big questions that has not yet been answered is who, besides Amari Cooper, will be able to make plays at the receiver position? Cooper is a known quantity after his outstanding freshman campaign in 2012, but he is likely to receive extra attention from opposing defenses. So someone else needs to step forward to become a solid target for quarterback A.J. McCarron.

Senior Kevin Norwood would seem to be the obvious choice. He was second on the team last year with 29 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns. Another senior, Kenny Bell, caught 17 passes for 431 yards and three scores last season. The experience that Norwood and Bell have should allow them to become primary targets for McCarron again this season.

Junior Christion Jones caught 27 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns last season. Sophomore DeAndrew White should also be in the mix. Before an injury last season, White caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Other candidates for playing time are freshmen Chris Black, Raheem Falkins, Robert Foster and ArDarius Stewart.

The McCarron to Cooper connection should be solid for Bama all season, but the addition of another capable receiver or two will just make the Crimson Tide offense that much better. And with running back T.J. Yeldon in the backfield, that could make this offense one of the best in the Southeastern Conference.

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  • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

    They return 8 of their top 9 receivers from a year ago and get Chris black who was having a better spring than Cooper–who is one of the best in the game–before he went down with injury. Plus Foster was a top 2 wr recruit a year ago. I don’t see them having any trouble stepping up. This easily is the best group of receivers in T-Town in a long time, perhaps ever.