After a terrific SEC championship game, it's time to hand out a few helmet stickers:
Alabama receiver Amari Cooper: Talk about a game-changer for Alabama’s offense. Cooper, a true freshman, was sensational in the 32-28 win over Georgia with seven catches for 127 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:15 to play on a 45-yard bomb. Cooper’s ability to get deep and stretch the field makes Alabama’s already potent running game that much more effective.
Alabama center Barrett Jones: There are stronger offensive linemen and more physically imposing offensive linemen, but there’s no way to put a value on everything Jones means to Alabama’s team. He’s gone against the best this league has to offer at guard, tackle and now center and keeps coming out on top. He played most of Saturday’s SEC Championship Game on one leg after injuring his foot in the first quarter.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy: Sophomore offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said it best about Lacy, who bulled his way to 181 yards on 20 carries against the Bulldogs. “He just doesn’t quit,” Kouandjio said. “You think he’s down, and he’ll get back up and get 10 more yards.”
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon: The most important play of the game Saturday might have been Yeldon’s 5-yard run where he simply refused to go down and fought for the first down on third-and-5 late in the fourth quarter. The very next play, AJ McCarron hit Cooper with the game-winning 45-yard touchdown pass. Yeldon finished with 153 rushing yards and was an absolute beast after contact.