The brother of current MSU starting left tackle Zack Cooley, Alex is regarded as a versatile lineman who can play guard, tackle or center.
2013: Redshirted his freshman season at Missouri State ... Earned MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for game at FCS national champion North Dakota State (10/12/13).
High School: Was a three-year starter for Coach Will Christian at Lebanon (Mo.) High ... Earned All-Ozarks Conference honorable mention his last two years and was part of two conference championship teams, including a 9-2 campaign in 2012 ... Was also a shot putter on the track and field team at Lebanon.
Personal: Alexander Benjamin Cooley was born 2/7/95 in Lebanon, Mo. ... Son of the late Tony Cooley and Anna Cooley Henson of Lebanon, Mo. ... Has three siblings, Nick Maddux, Zack Cooley and Sam Henson ... His brother Zack also plays at MSU ... Grandfather, Bill Maddux, attended MSU in the 1960s ... ... Undecided on major.