Cooper looks to have bigger impact at South Carolina

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM.

Prior to his senior state championship season, Pharoh Cooper committed to play football at the University of South Carolina, over in-state programs like East Carolina, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Since committing to the Gamecocks in that summer of 2012, Cooper has won a 3A state title in high school and made the All-Freshman Team last year in the Southeastern Conference.

As a freshman, Cooper rushed 20 times for 202 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 54 yards and a score and passed for a touchdown against archrival Clemson.

This season, Cooper is on the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the nation’s most versatile player.

“Pharoh has a burning desire inside him to be as good a football player as he possibly can be and that’s always special in kids,” said Steven Spurrier Jr., South Carolina’s co-offensive coordinator and son of head coach Steve Spurrier.

“He pushes the envelope, does the extra work it takes to be good and is never a worry off the field or in the classroom either. I told him in a meeting after the Clemson game that he didn’t realize how special that play he made for us in that game was.”

Cooper is expecting a much-expanded role as a sophomore in the Gamecocks’ receiving corps.

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