Penn State sophomore linebacker Jake Cooper is a great example of just how unpredictable college football can be.
As a true freshman last season, Cooper was expected to redshirt as he adjusted to the college game. But a pair of injuries to starters in the season-opener at Temple — most notably Mike ’backer Nyeem Wartman-White's torn ACL — forced Cooper onto the field in a reserve role. Then before the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Georgia, an injury to starting OLB Troy Reeder paved the way for Cooper's first career start.
When spring practice rolled around, Wartman-White and starting OLB Brandon Bell were held out of action largely for precautionary reasons. With Reeder having transferred to Delaware, Cooper suddenly found himself getting a ton of reps.
Though his spring was cut short by an unspecified injury, during a recent interview Cooper reported that he was already back to full strength and that he was looking forward to his second season as a Nittany Lion.
He also talked about his crazy first year in the program, his preferred position and much more. Check it out above.