Bears, Wildcats Will Meet for Third Time in Manhattan Saturday at 6 p.m.
Cooley looks to return to his post at left tackle this fall where he has started all 22 games of his college career entering his junior season.
2012: Was the Bears' starting left tackle in all 11 games as a sophomore ... Part of an MSU offensive line that surrendered just 15 sacks on the season and averaged 327.5 yards per game ... Earned MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times for home games against Murray State (9/15/12) and South Dakota (10/13/12) as well as the road win at No. 11 Illinois State (10/20/13) ... Named to AD's Honor Roll in spring 2013.
2011: Started all 11 games at left tackle for the Bears in 2011 ... Had an assignment grade of 98 percent for the season and an execution grade of 75 percent ... His overall season grade of 82 percent was highlighted by 57 knock-down blocks ... Earned a spot on the inaugural College Sports Journal FCS Freshman All-America Team ... Named MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week on Oct. 22 for win at Western Illinois.
2010: Redshirted his first year at Missouri State ... Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll status in spring of 2011 after turning in a solid 3.53 GPA for the semester.
High School: Was a Missouri second-team all-state offensive tackle in 2009 by both the coaches and sportswriters for Coach Will Christian at Lebanon High ... Earned first-team all-conference, all-district and All-Ozarks first-team distinction at offensive tackle and defensive end for the Yellowjackets ... Claimed first-team Academic All-State honors ... In 2008, he was an honorable mention on the all-conference and all-district teams ... Began his football career at Lebanon High as a tight end ... Was also a three-year starter for the basketball team ... Threw shot put and discus for the track and field squad ... Participated in the 2010 Missouri Lions Club All-Star Game.
Personal: Zachary Ray Cooley was born 9/12/91 in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. ... Son of the late Tony Cooley and Anna Cooley Henson of Lebanon, Mo. ... Has three siblings, Nick Maddux, Alex Cooley and Sam Henson ... His brother Nick is a 2010 graduate of Missouri State, and his grandfather, Bill Maddux, attended MSU in the 1960s ... He was also recruited by Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois ... Majoring in General Business.