Senior who will battle for playing time at defensive end... has some physical tools, but has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, limiting his ability to get on the field consistently... former linebacker who has appeared in 27 games over the past three seasons, making one start... has been credited with 11 tackles.
2014: Played in six games during an injury-plagued season... logged five tackles and two quarterback hurries... suffered a high ankle sprain versus Missouri and missed the final seven regular season games... earned his first start in the Independence Bowl win over Miami... responded with a career-high three tackles... made the transition from linebacker to defensive end during the bowl camp in 2013 and spent the spring learning the nuances of the position.
2013: Sophomore linebacker who dislocated left elbow on August 6, causing him to miss the first three games... played in each of the final 10 contests, primarily on special teams... logged five tackles, including two against Mississippi State... did not practice during the spring while recovering from a knee injury suffered in the practices leading up to the Outback Bowl game.
2012: Redshirt freshman linebacker who saw action in 11 games... used primarily on special teams... credited with one tackle... injured his knee during the Outback Bowl practices... was limited in the spring of 2012 by a lower back injury.
2011: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Lithonia (Ga.) High School, graduating in 2011.... logged 97 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior for a squad that went 4-6... coached by Marcus Jelks... as a junior recorded 101 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks and three pass breakups... only played two seasons at linebacker... regarded as a three-star prospect, the 61st-best outside linebacker in the country and the 70th-best player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com... considered a three-star prospect and the nation's 45th-best outside linebacker by Scout.com... considered a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com... named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Region class... selected South Carolina over NC State, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
PERSONAL: Cedrick Cooper was born November 20, 1992... is pursuing a degree in criminology and criminal justice.