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2013 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - WRs
Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 6, 2013


As a primer, check out the position-by-position breakdown of the 2013 BCS Championship.


2013 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. Notre Dame - WRs

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CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
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- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

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Alabama: Injuries have been a problem, but the Tide has found ways to pick up the slack. Kenny Bell, the team’s second-leading receiver before he got hurt, was lost for the year after breaking his leg against Auburn, while star recruit Chris Black has never been in the mix after injuring his shoulder in the offseason.

Enter Amari Cooper, a 6-1, 190-pounder out of Miami who was a late riser in the recruiting game averaging 21.9 yards per catch last year after catching just 16 passes for 175 yards and four scores as a junior. While he showed flashes, no one ever thought he’d rise up and become the season-changing No. 1 target, catching 53 passes for 895 yards and nine scores. Decent early on, he blew up against Ole Miss for 84 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches, and then came the Tennessee game a few weeks later, catching seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Even though he was shut out by LSU, he rose up and become A.J. McCarron’s most trusted playmakers, evidenced by his game-winning scoring grab late in the SEC championship against Georgia. While he won’t catch ten passes, he’ll slip by for at least one big deep ball against a relatively untested Irish secondary.

Junior Kevin Norwood didn’t do too much last season, and then he came up really, really big in the BCS championship with four catches for 78 yards. The 6-2, 193-pounder is big, tough and can get deep, working in the Z slot catching 26 passes for 295 yards and four scores.

Norwood was supposed to be working in a rotation with 5-11, 175-pound sophomore Christion Jones, a defensive back and occasional kick and punt returner, but that changed when Bell went down. Jones is good for a catch here and there, making 25 grabs for 328 yards and four scores.

Last year, tight end Brad Smelley was one of the keys to the season. Senior Michael Williams isn’t used as much, but he’s a huge 6-6, 269-pound veteran pass catcher who made 21 grabs for 1661 yards and three scores while also serving as a great blocker. A blaster on the outside and a great athlete for his size, he’s like a smallish offensive tackle at times, but he’s able to work his way into the open and move the chains.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame has become a factory for tight ends over the last few years, and Tyler Eifert has the potential to be an even better pro prospect than current Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph. At 6-6 and 251 pounds he has prototype size with great route running ability and terrific hands to go along with the athleticism to grab the ball if it’s thrown anywhere near his direction. However, he’s underutilized around the goal line, catching just four touchdown passes on the year.

With Michael Floyd gone and Theo Riddick moving to running back, TJ Jones was asked to do even more, and he was just okay – not elite. He stepped in as a true freshman and made 23 catches despite suffering through a hamstring injury, and last year he started 12 games making 38 grabs for a pedestrian 366 yards and three touchdowns averaging just 9.6 yards per catch. At 5-11 and 190 pounds he has decent size and is a great route runner, but he needs to do more with the ball in his hands making 43 catches for 559 yards and four touchdowns despite his bigger role. Good enough to be wanted by Alabama, Auburn and other SEC teams, he hasn’t quite broken out to become a dangerous No. 1 target.

With DaVaris Daniels out for the year with a shoulder injury suffered late in the season, senior Robby Toma needs to do even more. The 5-9, 185-pound senior is a smallish, quick receiver who’ll need to find the holes across the middle. He has terrific hands and he knows what he’s doing, but he has to go from being a nice complementary piece to more of a chain-mover against the Tide after catching 24 passes for 252 yards.

ADVANTAGE: Even. The Irish receivers have been fine, and they’re not thrown to enough with Eifert taking up the work in key situations, but there isn’t a Cooper in the corps. However, Alabama’s complementary targets are merely average and Williams isn’t Eifert as a pass catcher. Cooper is the star, but the quarterbacks on both teams spread it around when they have to.

CFN 2013 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches