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NEWSLINE: Xavier Cooper back in town for SEA-CLE

FORMER COUGAR D-LINEMAN Xavier Cooper will have about 30 friends and family members at Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle, reports the News Tribune. Cooper has played 11 games for the Browns (3-10) in his rookie season in the NFL.

He told the newspaper the first time he had attended an NFL game as a fan was when he was in high school and a guest of another Coug who also starred at Wilson High in Tacoma -- Marcus Trufant. 

“On Sunday, Cooper will complete his remarkable journey in the path of Trufant,” reads the article. “The rookie defensive tackle followed Trufant from Wilson to play for Washington State. Now he will play for the Cleveland Browns against Trufant’s former Seattle Seahawks, playing at that same stadium where Cooper watched Trufant play a half-dozen years ago.”

Cooper made his NFL debut in Week 3 against Oakland and played 28 snaps, almost half of Cleveland’s defensive plays.  In the 10 games since, he’s averaging 27 defensive snaps. For the season he has nine tackles, five assists and 1 1/2 sacks.

Among his guests on Sunday will be Tacoma police officer Zach Smalls, a mentor of Cooper’s and former walk-on for Jim Walden at Washington State. Cooper was one of Smalls’ prized trainees at summer agility camps when Cooper was a teen. 

For the complete story in the News Tribune, CLICK HERE.

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