After a 55-44 loss in the Iron Bowl, Auburn safety Johnathan Ford discussed the team's strategy against Alabama's Heisman-caliber wide receiver Amari Cooper:
"He's a top receiver, we've got top receivers," Auburn safety Johnathan Ford said. "We just play him as any other person."
Cooper caught 13 of quarterback Blake Sims' 20 completions, for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Clearly the "play him as any other person" strategy failed, and Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was fired following the game. Would Alabama players do anything differently if they had to scheme against their teammate? Probably.
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Cooper accounted for over 41% of Alabama's total yardage, and a whopping 71.7% of Blake Sims' total passing yards. Shepherd's strategy might not be much worse than what Auburn tried.