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Michael Cooper
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Michael Cooper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sylvania, Ga.

High School:
Screven County High

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 240

Position:
Running Back

At MSU: Michael Cooper is expected to take on a major role in the rushing attack in 2006 after seeing part-time duty last year, mainly in short yardage and goal line situations. He transferred to MSU from Georgia prior to the 2005 season and then went on to gain 151 yards on 49 carries with six touchdowns. He rushed for two TDs against Southeast Missouri State and had seven carries for 42 yards against UNI.

Background: After redshirting in 2002 at Georgia, Cooper enjoyed an outstanding freshman season, leading the team in rushing with 673 yards and scoring six TDs on his way to being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News and Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by Rivals.com. He was also named the Offensive Newcomer of the Year on the Bulldogs' 11-2 team that went to the Capital One Bowl after starting in eight of the team's 13 games. He gained a team season-high 93 yards vs. Vanderbilt; also had 90 vs. Middle Tennessee and 82 and two TDs vs. South Carolina. Cooper missed most of UGA's 2004 spring drills due to illness and then appeared in four games for the Bulldogs that season, rushing for 125 yards and two TDs on 29 carries. He played a key role in UGA's victory over South Carolina, coming into the game for injured starter Danny Ware and rushing 13 times for 61 yards. A highly-decorated prep standout, Cooper was Georgia AAA Player of the Year, a High School All-American, and included in the "Super Southern 100" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He totaled 5,086 career rushing yards and 64 TDs; with 2,352 yards and 38 TDs as a senior.

Personal: He was born January 10, 1984, in Statesboro, Georgia. He is the son of Shirley Monroe and is majoring in criminology.

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