Valdon Cooper - 2012
SOPHOMORE (2012): Posted 33 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and seven pass break ups in 13 games and 10 starts at cornerback... Intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards in the season opener against Jacksonville (9/1)... Posted four tackles against Samford (9/29)... Made two tackles and intercepted a pass against Elon (9/22)... Totaled four tackles against Appalachian State (11/3)... Posted a season-high six stops and recorded a tackle for loss against Howard (11/10)... Made five tackles and posted a tackle for loss at Old Dominion (12/8).
ILLINOIS (2011): Transferred to the Eagles after playing 10 games for Illinois... Saw action in the first nine contest and the win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl... Made a solo stop in his debut against Arkansas State.
PREP: Three-star recruit by Rivals... Played for head coach Sid Fritts at Elbert County High School... Lettered four times and served as team captain... Earned All-Region honors twice and First Team All-State honors his senior season... As a senior, carried the ball 94 times for 906 yards and 12 touchdowns, while catching four passes for 48 yards... Defensively, registered 25 tackles, three for loss, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one interception... Also returned six kickoffs, including two for touchdowns, for an average of 48.8 yards per return... Returned five punts for 25.6 average and one TD... Also played basketball for two years... Won a number of track & field titles including the long jump state title twice, 110 hurdles, and member of Region 8 AA Track & Field Championship Team.
PERSONAL: Born Valdon Monroe Cooper on October 5th, 1992 in Royston, Ga... Son of Latrivia Hardman and Valdon Cooper, Sr.
MAJOR: Pre-Exercise Science.