Coming out of high school many pegged Cooper as being a player with a bright future. That future is now as Cooper must step forward and take on an expanded role along the Spartans defensive line. Long and explosive, Cooper can be an All-Big Ten performer this fall.
Was second in sacks along the Spartans defense with five and fifth in tackles for loss to go with 22 tackles in 13 games. Got better as the season played out with some feeling he’ll be able to step in and fill the void left from the loss of Shilique Calhoun.
WHY HE MADE THE COUNTDOWN
Cooper has played in 26 games during his career but will get his most extensive time on the field this year. Cooper has all the tools needed to play at a high level and has continued to improve his technique and physical strength. One of the biggest questions facing the Spartans defense is along the defensive line, especially at defensive end. Cooper must step forward by becoming a team leader and play at a high level each and every week.