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No overlooking Alabama's receivers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Alabama has the well earned reputation for being a run-oriented offense.

The Crimson Tide had two 1,000-yard rushers in the Eddie Lacy (1,182 yards) and T.J. Yeldon (1,000 yards).

But No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) will not over look the receivers No. 2 Alabama (12-1) has when the two teams meet in the BCS championship game Monday.

Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is very accurate, leading the nation with a 173.1 efficiency rating, and has thrown for 2,669 yards with 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Amari Cooper leads the receivers with 53 receptions for 895 yards and nine touchdowns, and Kevin Norwood and Christion Jones have combined for 51 catches for 723 yards with four touchdowns. And all three of those receivers average more than 13 yards per catch.

“I think what makes them dangerous in the passing game is that they are so dominant in the run game,” Irish safety Matthias Farley said. “People can lock in on that and get lulled to sleep in a sense and forget about the weapons the have on the perimeter. The rushing attack can bring people up, and when you come up, they can just throw it over your head, which they are also very good at.”