Cooper very excited moving forward

Graig Cooper is listed as a co-starter for the Hurricanes at running back along with Javarris James. CanesTime.com caught up with the talented sophomore to talk about the spring game and much more.

Q: How were you able to have so much success in the spring game?

A: The o-line just did a great job. The wide receivers and fullbacks did a great job opening holes and I just made cuts. My touchdowns were just about my teammates blocking for me. I just hit the holes.

Q: What does this performance mean to you?

A: We still have a long way to go. These 2 touchdowns do not mean a thing. We just have to keep working and pushing each other. We need to stay in the film room and in the weight room this summer. We can not ever stop working.

Q: Was there more of an emphasis on running the ball today?

A: No not really. We just came out and wanted to have a good practice like every other day. We did not do anything different today. We just came out and worked hard.

Q: How fun was it to play in front of fans?

A: It was really fun. It is a blessing. It is always better to play in front of crowd.

Q: How excited are you about the combination of you and Javarris James?

A: I am real excited. It is good to be in the same backfield with JJ. He is really humble and he is a really good runner. We are really excited about what we can do this year and maybe even playing at the same time.

Q: What do you think of the running back group as a whole?

A: We have a big bond. We all believe in helping each other and we bond a lot. We are always talking about football and we come to each other with off the field stuff also. We are all striving to get better and that is what is going to make us good. We are always cheering each other on and showing love when someone makes a big play. We want to see all of us succeed.

Q: Would you rather just be the feature back?

A: I am not worried about that. I am unselfish and I am not worried about that at all. I just want to win a championship. I am having fun out here and I not worried about that.

Q: How has the added weight affected you?

A: I notice it a lot. I see it on film where I am able to do stuff that I was not able to do in the past. My speed is still there. Running track was the perfect way to keep my speed and it my have made me even faster.

Q: There were a lot of Miami greats on the sidelines today. What do the Alumni tell you about yourself and this program?

A: They just tell me good job and to keep working. They expect great things, but they do not put any pressure on us. They are just here to support us.


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