Will push for time at center as a third-year sophomore squad member.
2014: Played in 4 games before undergoing season-ending surgery ... Named to MVFC Honor Roll and fall 2014 MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
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 played 46 games for the Bears from 2011-2014 ... Grandfather, Bill Maddux, attended MSU in the 1960s ... ... Majoring in Accounting.