Written By T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)
The Hoosier Huddle countdown to the 2015 season continues! IU kicks off the season against Southern Illinois in 85 days. Our countdown rolls on and we look at another IU tight end, Michael Cooper.
-Weight: 257 pounds
-Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas (transfer from University of Arizona)
-Year/Position: RS Senior/Tight End
Michael Cooper grew up in the pigskin-crazed state of Texas. He attended The Woodlands High School and starred as a football and baseball player before choosing to play for Mark Stoops at the University of Arizona. When Mark Stoops was dismissed (and Rich Rodriguez was hired), Cooper decided to transfer and became a Hoosier. He sat out the 2013 season and was named the Scout Team Player of the Week on two occasions. Last season, Cooper played in all 12 games (started in 6) and caught a pair of passes for 25 yards. He joined Anthony Corsaro as a key blocker in IU’s rushing attack. In addition to his play on the field, Cooper earned himself an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Michael Cooper is part of a deep crop of tight ends that I’m hoping to see more involved in IU’s passing attack, particularly in the red zone and on short 3rd downs. We know the duo of Cooper and Corsaro are valuable blockers, we have 85 days left before beginning to see whether or not they become more valuable pass catchers. Come back tomorrow as the countdown ticks off one more day!