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Jonathan Cooper
G #61
Height:
6-2
Weight:
312
Age:
24
College:
North Carolina
Experience:
2

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

• The Cardinals first round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft and the 7th overall pick; was the first guard taken and the fourth offensive lineman behind tackles Eric Fisher (1st overall, Chiefs), Luke Joeckel (2nd overall, Jaguars) and Lane Johnson (4th overall, Eagles).

• After earning a starting spot at LG in training camp, Cooper’s rookie season came to an end after he suffered a broken leg in the Cardinals preseason matchup vs. San Diego. He was placed on injured reserve on 8/30/13.

• Became the first guard taken in the top eight of the NFL Draft since 1982, when future Hall of Famer Mike Munchak was selected by the Houston Oilers with the eighth overall pick.

• Became the first North Carolina player ever selected as a finalist for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman.

NoteCARDS:

• The Cardinals first round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft and the 7th overall pick; was the first guard taken and the fourth offensive lineman behind tackles Eric Fisher (1st overall, Chiefs), Luke Joeckel (2nd overall, Jaguars) and Lane Johnson (4th overall, Eagles).

• After earning a starting spot at LG in training camp, Cooper’s rookie season came to an end after he suffered a broken leg in the Cardinals preseason matchup vs. San Diego. He was placed on injured reserve on 8/30/13.

• Became the first guard taken in the top eight of the NFL Draft since 1982, when future Hall of Famer Mike Munchak was selected by the Houston Oilers with the eighth overall pick.

• Became the first North Carolina player ever selected as a finalist for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman.

Pro Career: The Cardinals first-round selection (7th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cooper suffered a broken leg in the team’s third preseason game and was placed on injured reserve on 8/30/13.

2013: Suffered broken leg in the preseason game vs. SD (8/24) and was placed on injured reserve on 8/30.

College: Started a school-record 48 games for the Tar Heels at LG and finished his collegiate career as one of the most highly decorated linemen in UNC history … a three-time All-ACC selection, Cooper earned first-team All-America honors as a senior, when he was also named the recipient of the 2012 Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best lineman in the ACC … in each of his four seasons, led the team in TD resulting blocks (56) and knockdowns (235) each year … as a senior in 2012, started all 12 games at LG and became UNC’s first consensus All-American first-team selection since DE Julius Peppers received the honor in 2002 … one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman … also earned All-ACC first-team accolades, and he was the recipient of the league’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy … candidate for the Bobby Bowden Student-Athlete of the Year Award … recorded a 93% grade for blocking consistency, which was the best for any interior lineman in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks in ’12 … posted a career-high 93 knockdowns and 18 TD-resulting blocks, while leading a front wall that paced the ACC and ranked ninth in the nation by allowing only 11 sacks … closed out his career by having his jersey honored in Kenan Stadium … started all 13 games as a junior in 2011 and earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at LG … joined LT James Hurst as the pair became the first Carolina offensive line tandem to earn All-ACC honors since 1993 … helped pave the way for RB Giovani Bernard to gain 1,253 rushing yards, the first time a Tar Heel back rushed for over 1,000 yards since 1997 … finished with a team-best 47 knockdown blocks and 14 TD-resulting blocks for a unit that averaged 393.2 yards in total offense per game … earned second-team All-ACC honors after starting all 13 games and participating in a team-high 875 snaps as a sophomore in 2010 … led the Tar Heels in knockdown blocks (55) and TD-resulting blocks (12) for the second straight year, as his pass protection skills aided UNC to rank 26th in the nation with an average of 264.0 yards per game … named to the All-ACC freshman team by The Sporting News in 2009, as the redshirt freshman started 10 games at left guard and saw action on 579 snaps … owned a 73% grade and a team-best 40 knockdown blocks to go with 10 TD-resulting blocks.

Personal: Attended John T. Hoggard (Wilmington, NC) High School where he earned All-State honors as he helped lead the team to a perfect 16-0 record and the state Class 4-A Championship as a senior … achieved the rare feat of being voted Conference Player of the Year in 2007 as an offensive lineman … rated the eighth-best player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com … also a standout heavyweight wrestler … earned a degree in Communications and was the recipient of a 2013 ACC Postgraduate Honorary Scholarship after spending every semester on the dean’s list.

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