Eric Cooper Jr. Pre-Draft Interview

Eric Cooper Jr. (#12) played wide receiver for Central Michigan University. Cooper attended Beecher High School in Flint, Michigan. Cooper lettered three years in football and started all three years as wide receiver, defensive back, and he returned kicks. In 2012, Cooper was named First Team All-Genesee Area Conference as a wide receiver and All-State as a defensive back. He was selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. He led Beecher to conference district and regional championships during his career there. He totaled 51 receptions for 987 yards and had 13 touchdowns in 2012. Also recording 7 interceptions on defensive. Cooper also lettered three years in track and field and four years in basketball.Cooper 3
Over the many match ups Cooper has faced during his collegiate career he believes Shawun Lurry from Northern Illinois University was his toughest. Cooper believed that Lurry was a very smart player as he could tell that Lurry watched a lot of film prior to the game. Cooper mentions, “he was in the perfect coverage a lot, about 90% of the time, but at times would get happy feet and would like to jump routes.” Cooper was able to exploit Lurry as he was able to predict the coverage better in the second half. Cooper finished the game with 5 receptions for a total of 58 yards. Cooper 2
Cooper had a very successful career at Central Michigan University. During his career Cooper had 43 receptions for a total of 411 yards and 3 touchdowns. Cooper had a season ending foot injury and came back through rehab and working on his craft at the same time with the help of his fellow wide receivers. Reflecting on his time at Central Michigan, Cooper says, “on and off the field we had some of the best coaches I’ve been around and even better teammates.” Cooper is very thankful for the opportunities he was given and has learned so many life lessons along the way.
Currently, Cooper is looking to prepare himself to play at the next level in the NFL. A key component of getting into tip top shape revolves around nutrition. To Cooper eating right is very important, and it is one of his focuses during this training period. When asked about what he is currenting working on improving, Cooper explains, “I will focus on developing my skills such as things like footwork and route running.” Cooper’s goal is to all around better his game in all aspects as he looks to make the jump into the NFL.

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