By Andy Demetra (Spurs & Feathers)
By Josh Kendall (The State)
Versatile performer who makes things happen when the ball is in his hands... came on strong as the 2013 season progressed... listed atop the depth chart at one of the wide receiver positions entering the fall... also a top candidate to return punts and kickoffs in 2014... was an All-SEC Freshman selection as both an all-purpose back and return specialist last season... named the Joe Morrision Offensive Player of the Spring in 2014.
2013: True freshman who saw his role increase as the season progressed... earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC squad as both an all-purpose back and return specialist... also was a second-team Freshman All-American by 247Sports... third on the squad with 655 all-purpose yards, including 202 rushing, 54 receiving, 40 on punt returns and 359 on kick returns... also completed 2-of-3 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown... moved from cornerback to wide receiver a week into fall camp... played in 11 of 13 games, not seeing action against either Georgia or Vanderbilt... used in the Wildcat formation for the first time at UCF... caught his first career pass, a 12-yard reception, in the win over Kentucky... had four carries for 45 yards, including a 33-yard burst out of the Wildcat in the win at Arkansas... completed his only pass attempt for three yards... also took over the kickoff and punt return duties in that contest and returned a punt 36 yards... made his first career start at Tennessee... saw more Wildcat formation work against Mississippi State, carrying six times for 23 yards... rushed twice for 81 yards, including a 71-yard run, against Coastal Carolina... also caught two passes for 42 yards and a score against the Chanticleers... rushed four times for 15 yards and connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Wilds against Clemson to seal the victory... also had a 55-yard kickoff return against the Tigers.
HIGH SCHOOL: Versatile performer who could player either receiver or defensive back at South Carolina... graduated in 2013... helped Havelock (N.C.) to back-to-back 3A state titles... Rams went 15-1 during his senior season and a perfect 16-0 during his junior campaign... coached by Jim Bob Bryant... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game after his senior season... used at quarterback, running back, receiver and was the primary return man on punts and kickoffs in the Shrine game... finished with 253 total yards including a 45-yard TD run, earning offensive MVP honors for the North Carolina squad... also played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl... as a junior, rushed for 300 yards and caught 65 passes for 1,285 yards and 14 scores... registered 58 tackles with six interceptions... a four-star prospect and the state's ninth-best player by Rivals... a three-star prospect and the nation's 120th-best wide receiver by Scout... a three-star prospect, the 15th-best player in the state, and the 24th-best "athlete" in the country by 247Sports... a three-star prospect, the 62nd-best wide receiver and an All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar... also had offers from East Carolina and NC State.
PERSONAL: Pharoh Cooper was born March 7, 1995... is a sport and entertainment management major.