Offensive linemen typically run into trouble when guarding Kenny Cooper, yet there is plenty of reason why it is the case. The junior out of Sonoraville High School possesses a mix of size, strength and mobility that make him a considerable threat at nose guard. Standing at 6-foot-4 while weighing 285 pounds, Cooper possesses an explosive first-step along with a good motor ball in-pursuit, something he has displayed since starting on the varsity squad as a freshman.
That explosiveness comes from a dedicated work put in the weight room where he performs exceptionally well with the “Big Three” lifts, benching 350 pounds, squatting 450 and cleaning 315. That work ethic has paid off during his junior as he has become exceptionally fit for a kid his size while maintain his strength and athleticism. Cooper’s skills have started to draw the attention of various schools including Wake Forest.
His development truly began during his sophomore season when he received a small nudge of motivation from Sonoraville head coach Jim Kremer to hit the weight room harder. It was at that point Cooper realized that he had a great opportunity to play college football, beginning the work to get into shape and truly realize his potential. Cooper’s progress as a player culminated in honors as he was named 5-AAA All-Region First Team as well as the Region’s Defensive Player of the Year following his sophomore season.
His athleticism carries over to other sports as well. The junior plays center for the varsity basketball team and has also found success with the track and field squad where Cooper won the regional meet in the discus while finishing second in the shot put to qualify in both events for sectionals as a sophomore.
The junior maintains a B-average in the classroom and takes part in various student organizations such as FBLA and Key Club while also aiming to be involved regularly in his community. After football he hopes to become involved in business, a field where both his mother and step-father are both greatly involved marketing and sales.