2007 (Junior): First team All-Big 12 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... AP honorable mention All-Big 12 ... led one of the best offensive lines in the nation ... started all 14 games at center ... logged team highs with 798 plays and 136 knockdowns ... had 16 knockdowns against Miami, 15 against Texas A&M ... graded 79% for the season.
2006 (Sophomore): Became a mainstay in the middle of the OU line ... started 13 of the 14 games and was in for 763 snaps ... missed the Middle Tennessee game due to injury ... had the second-highest grade on the team at 7% ... notched 125 knockdown blocks with a best of 18 at Oklahoma State ... highest game grade was 84% against OSU
2005 (Freshman): Suffered a dislocation and break in his right ankle at Texas Tech and missed the remainder of the season ... started the Texas A&M and Texas Tech games at center and was one of the most solid true freshmen on the team ... also saw action throughout the season at guard ... played in a total of seven games ... had no penalties and a high passing grade of 83% in OUís stringent grading process.
Personal: High School: Three-year starter and letterman ... named Offensive Player of the Year in the Front Range Conference ... captured team MVP honors as a senior ... also played defensive tackle ... totaled 92 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions ... also forced six fumbles ... No. 20 defensive tackle in the country (ESPN.com) ... No. 6 center in the nation (Rivals.com) ... No. 3 Postseason Colorado Top 15 (Rivals.com) ... No. 20 player in the Midlands (Scout.com) ... bench presses 385 pounds ... coached by Eric Rice.
The Wrap-up: Missed spring practice while recovering from surgery ... son of Tom and Chris Cooper ...dad played at Missouri from 1972-1975 and also wore No. 50 ... born October 1, 1986 ... enjoys snow skiing and his favorite slope is Copper Mountain ... has worked security and in a hat shop.
The Good: A quick, athletic center who snaps and steps very quickly. Showcases impressive lateral mobility in pass protection and plays with natural leverage on contact. Is very fluid in space and has the athleticism and coordination to get out to the second level and cut down blockers. Is very intelligent, carries out all his assignments and works well in tandem with his guards. The Bad: Is grossly undersized for the position and looks more like a glorified fullback. Needs to work in tandem with his guards and is unable to handle any type of power or girth at the point of attack. Strictly a zone-blocking scheme type center.