Offensive MVP from last year's state game enjoying new role this year

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:27 PM.

"I knew he was a great athlete, and I knew he would be very efficient in the run game and the option game," Bryant said of moving Cooper from receiver to quarterback. "I knew he could throw the ball, but he’s matured a lot this season and become a much better passer than I had anticipated."

But Cooper has also proven valuable in other areas this season. He has rushed for 1,174 yards and another 14 touchdowns. And just for good measure, he is averaging 31 yards per punt return with three more touchdowns.

"He’s become a good leader," Bryant said. "He’s become a coach on the field."

He is so valuable to the Rams that he also plays safety, where he has recorded 11 tackles with one interception and one fumble recovery, though Bryant has limited Cooper’s time on defense this year to save him for the offense.

But against Orange in last week’s eastern regional championship, Cooper rarely left the field in the first three quarters.

"I go hard every play," he said.

But he’s quick to point out that he’s not the only one.



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