Cooper looks to have bigger impact at South Carolina

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

He joins returners in senior Damiere Byrd, junior Shaq Roland and redshirt senior Nick Jones as South Carolina’s prominent weapons at receiver for returning senior quarterback Dylan Thompson.

Thompson takes over full-time now for the departed Connor Shaw, now with the Cleveland Browns.

Cooper returned punts and kicks as a freshman and expects to return in that role as a sophomore, a role he has always excelled in even in his high school days.

“I feel real confident about our system now after having a year to get comfortable in it and we have a good quarterback in Dylan (Thompson) and coaches, and I think we are poised to have a good year,” Cooper said.

“We have our running back Mike Davis back and four of our five starting offensive linemen returning as well, so we feel really good about our offense.”

The Gamecocks went 11-2 a season ago and won the Capitol One Bowl over Wisconsin 34-24.

Cooper has a good friendship with Thompson and admits he learned a lot playing as a backup to fellow wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who left a year early for the NFL and is with the San Francisco 49ers.

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