AT TECH: One of Tech's primary tight ends over this last two years, sharing the position with Michael Matthews . . . Has excellent size . . . Used primarily as a ablocker but had nine career receptions . . . Four of his nine catches came in bowl games.
2006: Played extensively, including six starts, but had his only reception of the season against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, a 21-yard completion from Taylor Bennett.
2005: Ended the season with the two most productive games of his career against Georgia and Utah . . . Against Utah in the Emerald Bowl, he had three catches for 45 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, the first of his career . . . Added two catches for 26 yards against Georgia, including a 16-yard reception . . . Caught seven passes over the final four games after catching just one in the first eight games . . . Totalled eight catches for 92 yards on the season . . . Started six games.
Prior to 2005, he had seen limited action in multiple-tight end formations but had not caught a pass . . . Played sparingly as a reserve in 2003, following a redshirt year in 2002.
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team all-state selection who caught 20 passes for 420 yards as a senior . . . Also played defensive end and had 80 tackles and eight sacks . . . Added 17 receptions for 380 yards, 40 tackles and four sacks as a junior . . . Named conference player of the year . . . Ranked the No. 46 prospect on SuperPrep's Midwest 142 . . . Rated the No. 11 tight end in the nation in SuperPrep's preseason edition . . . Ranked the No. 16 tight end prospect in the nation by Student Sports Magazine . . . Received the "Service Above Self" award from the Westerville Rotary Club . . . Team captain for coach Bob Cavin at Westerville North High School . . Lettered three times in football and three times in basketball.
PERSONAL: Full name is George Fitzgerald Cooper . . . Born March 19, 1984 . . . Parents are George and Michelle Cooper . . . Father played football at Ohio State . . . Majoring in Science, Technology and Culture.
GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2005 Rec Yds TD LP Auburn 0 0 0 0 UNC 0 0 0 0 UConn 0 0 0 0 Va Tech* 0 0 0 0 NC State 1 9 0 9 Duke* 0 0 0 0 Clemson* 0 0 0 0 Wake* 0 0 0 0 Virginia* 1 6 0 6 Miami* 1 6 0 6 Georgia* 2 26 0 16 Utah* 3 45 1 31 TOUCHDOWNS: 31UT