Cooper gets to experience New York City for the first time as a Heisman finalist

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is the third Crimson Tide player to be a Heisman Trophy finalist in the past three years. Unfortunately for Cooper, neither of these players have won the award.

Cooper joins A.J. McCarron, who was a Heisman finalist last year. In 2011, Trent Richardson was a finalist. Richardson finished third, while McCarron was second.

Amari Cooper (Getty Images)

Amari Cooper (Getty Images)

The last Crimson Tide player to win the Heisman was in 2009, as Mark Ingram won and became the youngest player, at the time, to win the award.

“I haven’t talked to Mark about it,” Cooper said. “He’s been busy with the NFL (National Football League), and I’ve been focused on our season.”

Besides being a part of this special presentation, whether he wins or losses, Cooper has gotten to experience New York City for the first time.

“It’s nice,” Cooper added. “This is a big City, and I’m trying to soak everything in. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

This season, Cooper has 115 receptions for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bama is the No. 1 team in the country, and currently has a 12-1 record.

He’s become a better player under first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Last year, under Doug Nussmeier, who left for the Michigan Wolverines following the 2013 campaign, he had 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns.

“Lane has changed a lot of things,” Cooper acknowledged. “His offense has been a great benefit to our team. When we play teams, with his offense, we know we can win. Nothing against Doug, but this offense is better for our system.”

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