UNC’s Jonathan Cooper is a leader on and off the field. He has been recognized for numerous reasons and awards. Now he has been named a finalist for the Outland Trophy that recognizes the top interior lineman in the nation.
It was just a year ago when Cooper’s teammates didn’t know if he would return for his senior year or not. It wasn’t until he had to have surgery on his shoulder that he made his mind up to return this season.
Cooper joins two other finalists, Barrett Jones and Luke Joeckel, for the Outland Trophy.
“Coop has been invaluable as a leader and as a senior with this team,” Larry Fedora told the Herald-Sun. “He’s very athletic, has tremendously quick feet for an offensive lineman and excels in all phases of the game. We’re fortunate to have him because, as I tell our coaches, you might not see another one as good as he is.”
Because of his decision to stay, Cooper will now go down in school history as one of the most decorated and successful players in school football history. He is also projected to be a very high draft in next year’s NFL draft.
Cooper will play his final game for North Carolina this weekend against Maryland!