By Andy Demetra (Spurs & Feathers)
By Josh Kendall (The State)
Talented and versatile performer who excels with the ball in his hands... coming off a breakout season in which he earned first-team All-SEC honors... an All-America candidate as he heads into his junior campaign... has 402 rushing yards, 107 passing yards, 1,190 receiving yards, 359 kickoff return yards and 115 punt return yards in his 24-game career that includes 13 starts... has five plays of 70-plus yards in his career (two rushing and three 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, 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.