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Alabama's Amari Cooper like smaller version of A.J. Green


Alabama's Amari Cooper goes out every week and shows his explosive playmaking ability. It's no surprise that he took his production to a record-breaking level Saturday at Tennessee, racking up 224 yards to surpass Julio Jones' mark for most single-game receiving yards by a Crimson Tide receiver.

He's able to find an extra gear, as he showed on his first catch of the game, going 80 yards for a touchdown. At 6-foot-1, he doesn't have the height of A.J. Green or Jordy Nelson, but Cooper's smoothness reminds me of Green's, and I've said before that Cooper's route-running reminds me of Nelson's.

The wide receivers that have been the most consistent and dominant this season are Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White, who was held to less than 100 yards for the first time this season Saturday (3 catches for 27 yards and a TD). It seems like they're the top contenders for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to college football's top wide receiver, and Cooper might have taken the lead Saturday.

Here are some observations on top talents from another game I had my eye on Saturday, LSU's upset of Ole Miss.

Step back for Wallace

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace was very unimpressive in the Rebels' loss at LSU. He made a couple plays early in the game, but struggled mightily after that, finishing 14 of 33 for 176 yards, one TD and one interception (he also led the team in rushing with 40 yards on 12 carries).

He was inaccurate and forced the ball too often, capping his night off with a game-sealing interception in the final seconds. He had a receiver open underneath the coverage on that play and could have completed a pass for an 8-10 yard gain to give his team a chance to tie the game with a field goal. Instead, he made a poor decision and floated a ball that was picked off.

Wallace has never been viewed as a big-time prospect. His performance Saturday was a reminder of why.

LSU OT suited for move inside

I had a second-round grade on LSU OT La'el Collins after last season. He elected to return for his senior season and I'm looking forward to watching more film on him. I think he's best suited to play guard in the pros and has the ability to be a very solid NFL player at the position. He moves people in the run game and did a nice job of driving people off the ball on the front side and sealing things off on the back side Saturday against Ole Miss. However, I think he would struggle at tackle against the speed of NFL edge rushers.

Intriguing DBs in LSU-Ole Miss

Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson had yet another pick on Saturday, giving him eight on the season. I'm looking forward to studying him because of the way he flashes. He shows tremendous awareness and ball skills.

For LSU, DBs Jalen Collins and Jalen Mills were in position all night long against a talented and athletic Ole Miss receiving corps. The only complaint for them would be that they didn't finish plays. Collins dropped two picks and Mills dropped one. The juniors are big and athletic. They're on the radar of NFL scouts.

Fournette stands out

Highly touted LSU RB Leonard Fournette is only a freshman, so he has another two seasons to go after this one before he's even eligible to declare for the draft. He was very impressive, though, in gaining a game-high 113 yards rushing as the Tigers upset Ole Miss. He's strong and tough to bring down, although he does need to do a better job of protecting the ball (he had a fumble Saturday). As impressive as his running style was, the most impressive play I saw him make was on a catch down the middle of the field. He was so natural making the grab.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks.



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