Started a school-record 48 games for the Tar Heels at left guard 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.
2012: Started all 12 games at left guard 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 … in his final career game, had a team-best 10 knockdowns and graded out at 93 percent vs. Maryland … earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors twice on the season.
2011: Started all 13 games and earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at left guard … joined left tackle 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.
2010: Earned second-team All-ACC honors after starting all 13 games and participating in a team-high 875 snaps … 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 … graded out at 83 percent for the season, tied with James Hurst for the best mark on the team.
2009: Named to the All-ACC freshman team by The Sporting News, 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 … sat out the Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Virginia games but returned to starting lineup vs. Georgia Southern.
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.