Cooper looks to have bigger impact at South Carolina

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

“That’s the spot, Bruce’s spot, that we expect Pharoh to play in,” Spurrier Jr. said.

“He can just do so many things well on the field and when Brad (Lawing, a former South Carolina coach) recruited him, he told my dad and myself, ‘you gotta find a way to get the ball in this kid’s hands.’”

Cooper was originally expected to play cornerback at South Carolina, but was switched to wide receiver upon arriving in Columbia last season.

“I just want to get myself more involved in the games at receiver this year, do more all-purpose and whatever I can do to help the team be successful,” Cooper said.

The Gamecocks have a tough three-game home slate to open the season, kicking things off on Aug. 28 versus Texas A&M, then hosting East Carolina on Sept. 6 and welcoming Georgia into town on Sept. 13.

For Havelock fans, the highlight game on the schedule could be Nov. 1 vs. Tennessee, when former Havelock High standouts Cooper and South Carolina lineman Corey Robinson, as well as Tennessee defensive end Kendal Vickers and running back Derrell Scott could all be on the field.

Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.

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