Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings thinks of Calvin Johnson when watching film of Alabama star receiver Amari Cooper.
And while Cooper might not be anywhere near as big as the Detroit Lions star, he's big enough to be a major concern for Jennings as the Crimson Tide visits the Razorbacks Saturday.
At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Cooper isn't quite the giant that Johnson is at 6-5, 240. But, like Johnson, he excels at catching passes in traffic, and at catching fades and other deep routes that call for receivers to catch the ball at its highest point, over defensive backs trying to do the same. To give you an idea of how productive Cooper has been this season, his 91 receiving yards against Ole Miss last week represented a season low.
"... You've got to be able to identify where (Cooper) is. And you've got to be able to play the ball downfield on the deep ball. You've got to go up and compete and make catches for him very tough. You've got to be able to contest catches," Jennings said of defending the Alabama star.
Cooper, a junior, will decide after the season whether to stay in college or declare eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Jennings, no doubt, would be glad to see him go.