By Andy Demetra (Spurs & Feathers)
By Josh Kendall (The State)
* 2015 First-team All-SEC Wide Receiver (AP and Coaches)
* 2015 First-team All-SEC All-Purpose Back (Coaches)
* 2015 Second-team All-SEC All-Purpose Back (AP)
* 2014 First-team All-SEC Wide Receiver (AP and Coaches)
* 2014 Second-team All-SEC All-Purpose Back (AP and Coaches)
2015: Earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league’s coaches as both a wide receiver and as an all-purpose back... was an AP first-team All-SEC wide receiver and a second-team all-purpose back... also named a first-team All-SEC wide receiver by ESPN.com... Gamecocks’ leading receiver with 66 receptions for 973 yards... ranked second in the league with 81.1 receiving yards and fifth with 5.5 catches per game... caught 35 percent of the team’s passes for 39 percent of the yards thrown... his 66 receptions were more than the rest of Carolina’s wide receivers combined total of 56... his 66 catches was the seventh-highest single-season total in school history, while his 973 receiving yards was the sixth-best mark... led the team with eight receiving touchdowns and with nine TDs overall... had five 100-yard receiving games in 2015 (Kentucky, Missouri, LSU, Vanderbilt, Citadel) and nine in his career... best game came against The Citadel when he caught 11 passes for 191 yards and a score... also had a 160-yard effort against Vanderbilt... averaged 94.9 all purpose yards per game... rushed 24 times for 111 yards and a score... completed 2-of-5 passes for 11 yards and a touchdown... returned 12 punts for 55 yards... finished his junior season with 138 career catches (ninth all-time) for 2,163 yards (eighth all-time) with 18 touchdown receptions (sixth all-time)... team captain... was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection... logged 513 rushing yards, 118 passing yards, 2,163 receiving yards, 359 kickoff return yards and 172 punt return yards in his 36-game career that included 25 starts... had six plays of 70-plus yards (two rushing and four receiving).
2014: Earned first-team All-SEC honors by the AP and SEC coaches as a wide receiver and was a second-team pick by both as an all-purpose back... was a first-team All-SEC all-purpose back by ESPN.com... third in the SEC in receptions (69), second in receiving yards (1,136) and receiving yards per game (87.4), fourth in receptions per game (5.3) and ninth in all-purpose yards/game (108.5)... led the team in all receiving categories and was fourth on the squad with 200 yards rushing... his single-season marks ranked sixth in school history for receptions, third for receiving yards and tied for sixth for touchdown receptions... tied Mike Davis for the team lead with 11 touchdowns scored... completed 5-of-8 passes for 78 yards and two TDs... also handled punt returns... hauled in 10 passes for 114 yards and broke a 70-yard run at Vanderbilt... set a school record with 233 yards receiving on a career-high 11 receptions and two scores, including an 85-yarder, vs. Tennessee... also rushed for 23 yards and a TD and threw a 30-yard TD pass in that contest... first Gamecock since Connor Shaw in the 2014 Capital One Bowl to pass, rush and catch a touchdown in a game... tossed a TD pass, rushed for 42 yards and caught three passes for 95 yards against South Alabama, including a 73-yard TD reception... caught nine passes for 170 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown reception in the Independence Bowl win over Miami... that catch tied the school record for longest pass reception in a bowl game... earned Offensive MVP honors in the bowl game... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... was the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring.
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, and caught two passes for 42 yards and a score against Coastal Carolina... rushed four times for 15 yards and connected on a 26-yard TD 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 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.