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WR Amari Cooper gives strong performance despite Oakland falling to Tennessee

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (No. 89) catches TD in against Tennessee in second quarter: Cary Edmondson - USA TODAY Sports

The ex-Alabama standout and first round selection picked up where he left off a year ago.

With multiple Crimson Tide alums on the field for Oakland’s match-up against Tennessee, wide receiver Amari Cooper did his part to make a firm impression. He recorded three catches for 52 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter from Derek Carr.

The AC/DC connection proved to be prolific in 2015, as Cooper totaled 1,070 receiving yards and six touchdown on 72 catches. He became the first rookie in Raiders’ history to total 1,000 yards in a single season and the first receiver since Randy Moss (2005) to post a 1,000-yard season.

Despite a 27-14 loss, much is expected from Oakland this season.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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