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Greg Cooper
Greg Cooper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Flint, Mich.

High School:
Flint Northern

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 186

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
01/07/1983

Experience:
3L


Heir apparent to replace three-year starter Jason Harmon at free safety . . . registered five tackles and a pass break-up in the April 16 spring scrimmage . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in all 12 games in 2004, including two starting assignments (at free safety vs. Hawaii in the season finale and at strong safety in the season opener vs. Rutgers) . . . produced 17 tackles (8 solos, 9 assists) and five pass break-ups . . . recorded a team-high eight tackles (2-6) vs. Hawaii to go along with two pass deflections . . . contributed three solo hits vs. Rutgers . . . ranked No. 6 on the special teams leaderboard with 137 production points . . . missed the final week of spring practice with a sprained shoulder . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 10 games as a true freshman in 2003 . . . started the last three games (vs. Wisconsin, Penn State and Nebraska) when Harmon moved to strong safety . . . recorded 34 tackles (17 solos, 17 assists) and four pass break-ups . . . had 52 production points on special teams . . . registered six tackles each vs. Nebraska (6-0) in the Alamo Bowl and Michigan (0-6) . . . earned his first career start vs. Wisconsin and produced a season-high 12 tackles (4-8) . . . his first career interception came vs. Louisiana Tech . . . sidelined for three early-season games (vs. Western Michigan, Rutgers and Iowa) with a knee injury . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top 100 prospects in 2002 by Rivals.com (No. 92) . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors in '02 by SuperPrep (No. 14) and Prep Football Report (No. 60) . . . rated among the country's top 10 cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 8) . . . recognized as one of the Midwest's top defensive backs by PrepStar (No. 3) . . . ranked among the state's top players in '02 by the Lansing State Journal (No. 5), Detroit Free Press (No. 7) and The Detroit News (No. 16) . . . four-year starter for Coach Gary Lee at Flint (Mich.) Northern High School . . . recorded 67 tackles, including eight for losses, and eight interceptions in 2001 . . . registered 250 career stops, including 13 tackles for losses and six sacks . . . produced 21 career interceptions and seven fumbles . . . high school teammate of current Spartan wide receiver Matt Trannon . . . also attended the same high school that produced Michigan State basketball stars Mateen Cleaves and Antonio Smith plus All-America defensive end Robaire Smith . . . runs 4.4 in the 40 . . . also lettered in track and basketball . . . son of William Greg Cooper Sr. . . . born Jan. 7, 1983 . . . majoring in family community service.

Cooper's Statistics
          G/GS   UT   AT    TM   INT   PBU
2003      10/3   17   17    34   1-6   4
2004      12/2   8    9     17   0-0   5
Career    22/5   25   26    51   1-6   9

Cooper's Career Highs
Tackles: 12, vs. Wisconsin (2003)
Interceptions: 1, vs. Louisiana Tech (2003)
Pass Break-Ups: 2, twice (last vs. Hawaii, 2004)

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