Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
There are only six more Saturdays until everyone will be packing up their vehicles and heading down to tailgate down by Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. With 42 days left we will take a look at the last Hoosier to wear the number 42. David Cooper.
Cooper arrived in Bloomington as part of head coach Kevin Wilson's first full recruiting class when he signed with IU after playing a season for Coffeyville Community College. Cooper had a very productive three years in the middle of the Hoosier defense. He started all 36 games he was in the Crimson and Cream making 231 tackles, 18 TFLs. 5.5 sacks, with four pass break ups. He also forced and recovered one fumble.
Cooper won several accolades during his time in B-Town. As a junior, in 2013, Cooper was named a game captain three times. He also won IU's defensive player of the week for IU's 56-36 victory in the 2013 Bucket Game.
His senior season was his least productive from a statistical point of view of his career. He recorded 60 tackles, three TFLs, in 12 starts. He closed out the year being named Indiana's Defensive Teammate of the year. Indiana will surely miss the leadership and production Cooper provided during his three seasons.