Blog – MSU defense not changing gameplan because of Alabama’s Cooper (with video)

If there’s one wide receiver you want to put multiple defensive players on, that’s Amari Cooper.

The Alabama wideout leads the Southeastern Conference with 1,215 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and 135 yards per game.

He has 79 catches, 28 more than South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper who is second in the league.

Top-ranked Mississippi State will get its chance to slow down the junior, as the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend to face off against No. 4 Alabama.

MSU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins isn’t going to change the gameplan because of Cooper.

“We do what we do,” Collins said who was on the Alabama coaching staff in 2007. “The emphasis all year and all the time is to stop the run. At times there are going to be kids put in one-on-one situations, there are going to be kids put in one-one-one situations in pass rush or open field tackling, so the kids understand that we move stress around throughout the game, so sometimes you’re going to have stress on you. The challenge is to make that play when it comes.”

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