Gamecocks’ Cooper makes Hornung Award Watch List

uscfoot-cooperSouth Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper has been named to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List.

Cooper is coming off a breakout season in which he earned first-team All-SEC honors. In his career, Cooper has rushed for 402 yards, tallied 107 passing yards, and had 1,190 receiving yards, 359 kickoff return yards and 115 punt return yards in 24 games that includes 13 starts.

Cooper has five plays of 70-plus yards in his career (two rushing and three receiving). In 2014, Cooper 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. Cooper ranked 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).

Cooper is one of 44 players named to the watch list. The Paul Hornung Award, now in its sixth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in February 2016.

The 2015 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2014 statistics, career performance, SID recommendations and expectations heading into the 2015 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found at www.paulhornungaward.com. Players may be added to the Watch List during the 2015 regular season based on performance.

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