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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)
» Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)

2014 Outlook
Corey Cooper emerged as one of Nebraska’s most reliable defenders during his junior season in 2013, and he is poised to provide leadership for the Huskers in 2014. The 6-1, 215-pound Cooper is expected to once again hold down one of Nebraska’s safety spots this fall, solidifying a secondary that must replace three seniors from the 2013 team.

Cooper is joined in the secondary by senior cornerback Josh Mitchell, who is expected to be in his third season as a starter. The duo 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.

2013 (Junior)
Cooper started all 13 games at safety last season, one of just four defenders to start every game. He finished the season 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 agains 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 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.

2012 (Sophomore)
Cooper played in all 14 games with starts against Idaho State, Northwestern and Georgia. Cooper saw his most extensive action in a nickel or dime role, 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 career-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 finished with nine tackles, including eight solo stops. Cooper had three unassisted tackles at Wyoming and also had two tackles against both Chattanooga and Washington.

2010 (Redshirt)
Cooper redshirted and made a strong impression for his scout team work.

Before Nebraska (Proviso East HS)
The 6-1, 205-pound Cooper was a dominant presence in the Proviso East defensive backfield, making about 70 tackles, while breaking up 16 passes and adding two interceptions. Offensively, Cooper was a dangerous receiver, pulling down 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. From his defensive back spot, he had 61 tackles, 14 pass breakups, an interception and forced three fumbles. Offensively, he 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 regarded as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com, which ranked him among the nation's top 20 safety prospects. Scout.com listed him among the top dozen safeties in the country and the top 125 overall players in the country, while SuperPrep ranked him among the top five players in Illinois and top 20 players in the Midwest region.

Cooper chose Nebraska 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. He is majoring in ethnic studies, and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2011. Cooper 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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