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#6 Corey Cooper
Position: Safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
City/State: Maywood, Ill.
High School: Proviso East
Experience: High School
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Honors & Awards
» First-Team All-Big Ten (BTN, 2013)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2013)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2014)
» Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)

2014 Outlook
Senior safety Corey Cooper will be expected to be a leader for the Blackshirt defense in 2014, following a standout junior campaign. The 6-1, 215-pound Cooper was one of Nebraska’s most reliable defenders last season, starting all 13 games and leading the team with 91 tackles. Cooper missed spring practice with a minor foot injury, but is expected to be back to full speed this fall.

Cooper is likely to hold down one starting spot at safety with talented sophomores LeRoy Alexander and Nate Gerry battling for the other spot. The safety group will look to help Nebraska rank among the Big Ten’s best pass defenses once again in 2014. A year ago, NU opponents completed 54 percent of their attempts, and the Huskers led the Big Ten in that category in conference games only.

Cooper has the size to provide outstanding run support from his safety spot, but also excels in pass coverage. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice during his junior season, Cooper is poised to contend for higher honors in 2014.

Off the field, Cooper earned his degree in ethnic studies in May and will play the 2014 campaign as a graduate student.

2013 (Junior)
Cooper started all 13 games at safety, one of four defenders to start every game in 2013. He finished with a team-leading 91 tackles, including 52 solo stops. Cooper added an interception against Southern Miss, had five tackles for loss, a pair of sacks and a fumble caused.

Cooper made at least seven tackles in seven games, including double-figure totals against UCLA, South Dakota State, Illinois and Georgia. Cooper made four tackles each in the first two games against Wyoming and Southern Miss. He also had his first career interception in the fourth quarter against the Golden Eagles.

Cooper shattered his previous tackle high with a team-high 12 stops against UCLA, and also had a tackle for loss. He tied for the team lead in tackles with 10 stops, including seven solo, against South Dakota State. He had his first sack of the year against the Jackrabbits. Cooper recorded double figures in tackles for the third straight game with 10 stops against Illinois.

He had six tackles at Minnesota, then had seven tackles, including a sack, in the win over Northwestern. Cooper had five solo stops and a tackle for loss at Michigan, then tied for the team lead with eight tackles and a tackle for loss against Michigan State. Cooper made six tackles and forced a fumble at Penn State and closed the regular season with seven tackles, including four solo stops, against Iowa. Cooper recorded his fourth double-figure tackle game of the year with 10 stops, all solo, against Georgia in the Gator Bowl. He made a key tackle on Bulldog running back Todd Gurley late in the game to stop a UGA scoring threat in Nebraska’s 24-19 victory.

2012 (Sophomore)
Cooper played in all 14 games and made starts against Idaho State, Northwestern and Georgia. Cooper saw his most extensive action in nickel and dime roles, while adding depth at safety. He finished the season with 17 tackles, including eight solo stops. Cooper had a seven-yard tackle for loss against Southern Miss and shared a sack against Idaho State. Cooper had a season-high four tackles against both UCLA and Arkansas State, and he added two tackles each against Northwestern and Iowa.

2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Cooper played in 11 games, including a start at cornerback in NU’s win over Wyoming. He moved back to safety for the majority of the year and finished with nine tackles, including eight solo stops. Cooper had three unassisted tackles at Wyoming and had two tackles against both Chattanooga and Washington.

2010 (Redshirt)
Cooper redshirted in his first year at Nebraska in 2010.

Before Nebraska (Proviso East HS)
Cooper had 70 tackles and 16 pass breakups, while adding two interceptions as a senior at Proviso East. Cooper was also a dangerous receiver, with 43 catches for 852 yards and nine touchdowns for Coach Aaron Peppers. Cooper earned West Suburban all-conference honors and was a Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection.

As a junior, Cooper helped his team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. He had 61 tackles, 14 pass breakups, an interception and forced three fumbles. He also caught 41 passes for 814 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also a two-way starter as a sophomore when he caught 35 passes for 500 yards and four touchdowns.

Cooper also competed in basketball and track for Proviso East. He was ranked among the top five prospects in Illinois and among the top 20 safety recruits in the country in 2010. Cooper chose NU after also visiting Arizona, Illinois and Notre Dame.

Personal
Corey is the son of Corey Sr. and Rose Cooper and was born on July 2, 1992. Cooper earned was an academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2011, and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring 2014 semester. He has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes and with team hospital visits.

Cooper's Career Statistics 

 

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

INT

Hry.

2010         Redshirt            
2011 11/1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0
2012 14/3 8 9 17 2-8 0.5-1 0-0 0 0 0 0

2013

13/13

52

39

91

5-19

2.0-16

1-0

0

1

1

1

Totals

38/17

68  

49

117

7-27

2.5-17

1-0

1

1

1

Single-Game Highs
» Tackles
- 12 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Solo Tackles - 10 vs. Georgia (2013)
» Interceptions - 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013)
» Pass Break-Ups - 1 vs. Wyoming (2013)

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