Hard working walk-on who has earned the respect of his coaches and teammates in short order ... Will primarily add depth at right defensive end as well as special teams.
2012: Was a three-time MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week in his first season on the squad with honors for games at Kansas State (9/1/12), at Indiana State (10/6/12) and vs. No. 1 North Dakota State (11/17/12) ... Also earned a spot on the MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.
High School: Was a four-year starter at Woodbridge (Va.) Senior High and excelled at center and defensive end his last two years for Coach Keith King ... Bulldogs were 8-4 his senior year and 3A state runners-up ... Earned all-district, all-area and all-region honors as a senior ... Served as team co-captain in the VHSL All-Star Game ... Was also an all-district wrestler and shot putter in high school and participated in crew as a freshman.
Personal: Gregory Darnell Coopwood, Jr., was born 8/27/90 in South Hill, Va. ... Son of Gregory, Sr., and Barbara Coopwood of Triangle, Va. ... Has three sisters -- Olivia, Kimberly and Emily ... Father played football at Eastern Illinois ... Majoring in Criminology.