Award Winner

West Virginia linebacker commitment Zac Cooper played a lot like Sam Huff during his senior season, and that play was rewarded with a namesake honor.

Zac Cooper, who ranged all over the field from his middle linebacker spot for Weir (W. Va.) High School, earned the Huff Award for his play. The award, named for former WVU and NFL great Sam Huff, goes to the top defensive player in West Virginia.

Copper had 105 tackles during his senior season, including nine behind the line of scrimmage. He added two sacks and two interceptions to that impressive total.

In additon to the Huff Award, Cooper also was named defensive captain of the first team Class AA all-state squad.

Although Cooper will be a linebacker at WVU, he displayed his versatility by playing some defensive end, and also lining up at running back and wide receiver. He was likewise a special teams standout, where he blocked three punts.

With a thin depth chart at linebacker, Cooper has a chance to avoid a redshirt and see the field next season for the Mountaineers.


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