Football


Ralph Cooper
Ralph Cooper
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Winnsboro, S.C.

High School:
Fairfield Central

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 240

Position:
LB

Experience:
2-1

12/14/2014

Seniors, Award Winners Honored at Annual Banquet

O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored

12/06/2012

Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees

12/06/2012

Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees

12/06/2012

Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees

10/29/2012

Game 9 Notes: Illinois at #6 Ohio State

Illini Head to Columbus Looking for First Big Ten Win

08/11/2013

Football Media & Fan Appreciation Day

Photos from 2013 Illini football Media Day and Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium - Aug. 11, 2013.

2013 Junior: Played in six games, totaling nine tackles and 1.0 TFL ... Saw first action of the season against Wisconsin ... Had three tackles and one TFL at Indiana ... Notched four tackles against Michigan State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2012 Sophomore: Played in all 12 games, totaling 18 tackles and three TFLs on the season ... Matched a career-high six tackles and posted a half-TFL at Norhtwestern ... Recorded two tackles both at Michigan and against Louisiana Tech ... Tied for the team lead in tackles, registering a career-high six stops with two TFLs in victory over Charleston Southern ... Recorded one tackle at both Ohio State and Arizona State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2011 Freshman: Played three games on the season in a reserve role, recording three tackles and a half-TFL on the season ... Had one solo tackle against Indiana ... Saw first action as an Illini in win over South Dakota State, recording two tackles and a half-TFL.

High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Ranked as one of the Top 30 players in South Carolina ... Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... Earned second-team All-State honors as a linebacker ... SuperPrep All-Mid Atlantic selection ... All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar ... Helped Griffins to 12-2 record in 2010, finishing as the Class 3-AAA Upper State runner-up ... Only two losses came to the state champions ... Totaled 154 tackles (14.0 avg) in 2010 ... Ranked as South Carolina's leading tackler in total tackles and fourth in sacks with 0.7 per game ... Had 120 tackles with six sacks and three interceptions as a junior in 2009 ... High school coach was Reggie Kennedy.

Personal: Son of Ralph Cooper Sr., and Cathy Cooper ... Born on Feb. 6, 1993 ... Majoring in broadcast journalism ... Lists Ray Lewis as his favorite athlete because of his undying passion for the game ... Dedicated Beta Club member ... Chose Illinois over Georgia Tech ... Member of Illinois' Big Ten Network Student U production team.

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 6, twice (last at Northwestern, 11/24/12)
Solo: 4 vs. Charleston Southern (9/15/12)
TFLs: 2.0 vs. Charleston Southern (9/15/12)
Sacks: -
QB Hurries: -
Fumbles Forced: -
Fumbles Recovered: -
PBUs: -
Interceptions: -
Interception Return Yards: -
Touchdowns: -

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Updated July 2014

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