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DE Jonathon Cooper (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    It will be good to have Cooper back against Purdue. He was missed last game.
  2. GovTressel

    GovTressel Junior

    Our depth is obviously pretty weak. He’s spotty vs the pass and has been consistently lost in the run game.
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    Dude needs to really start dominating. Get off those blocks and terrorize!
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  5. Tanner

    Tanner Senior

    Only good thing about Bosa's injury was all the game reps Cooper got he wouldn't have otherwise had. Should help him going into next year.
  6. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I think Cooper improved tremendously over the course of the season.

    MARVYMARV14 Senior

    big facts! He's a kid that I wish had another year.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2018
  8. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Roster says he's a Junior????
  9. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Is he going to declare?

    (I’ll show myself out)
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    After three seasons, including one full year as a starter, Jonathon Cooper doesn't know quite how to define his Ohio State career.

    In 33 career games, he has 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. As a first-time starter in 2018 opposite Nick Bosa for the first three games and across the line from Chase Young the rest of the season, he had 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

    Cooper wouldn't identify the first three years as disappointing. Unsatisfied, though?

    "Yes, ma'am, you could say that," Cooper said after thinking for a moment.

    He continued.

    "I don't feel like disappointment is there," Cooper said. "I would characterize it as not disappointed but just I feel like my career isn't finished. I'm not going to be the player that was highly recruited, came in and then had an OK season. I want to make sure that I fulfill my potential here at Ohio State and give it all I've got."

    At 6-foot-4, 257 pounds, Cooper looks like a natural at defensive end, and Larry Johnson believed in him enough to start him over Young at the beginning of last season. He played the third-most snaps of any defensive lineman on the team, behind just Young and Dre'Mont Jones.

    Now the veteran of the line along with a trio of senior defensive tackles – Davon Hamilton, Robert Landers and Jashon Cornell – Cooper views himself as someone who "needs to get the job done."

    "More production. More being the leader," Cooper said. "More talking to my teammates and just holding myself accountable for every single play, every single game. That's about it. Make sure I'm a captain and leader of this defense."

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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Ranking Ohio State’s Playmakers on Defense: No. 8 — Jonathon Cooper


    The No. 8 player on this list is embarking on his second year as a starter for the Buckeyes and is looking to close out his career with his very best season at Ohio State.

    No. 8 — Jonathon Cooper, Senior Defensive End
    Jonathon Cooper came to Ohio State as the No. 3 weakside defensive end in the 2016 recruiting class and the No. 33 player overall.

    Prior to his senior season in high school, Cooper went on the camp and combine circuit and wowed everyone with his speed and quickness in beating offensive linemen in one-on-one situations.

    Football is much different than combines, of course, and Cooper’s production to this point hasn’t lived up his placement in the recruiting world.

    And yet, it was Cooper who was starting alongside Nick Bosa last season. Sure, Cooper, Bosa, and Chase Young all rotated, but it was Cooper who started in every game he played last season.

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  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Cooper doesn't lack personality. For much of his hour-long interview in Chicago, he flashed a smile, not hesitating to crack jokes.

    That attitude translates to the locker room and onto the field, where he enjoys being the elder statesman at defensive end.

    “Just being a leader, showing them the standard, how hard we work and what it takes to be at Ohio State or be a starter,” Cooper said. “I try to show them every day with how hard I work, how I carry myself, how I speak and how I talk to others. They let me know I do a pretty good job with that. My younger players have a pretty good respect for me, and I appreciate it.”

    Playing across from Nick Bosa for three games and Chase Young for the rest of the season, Cooper had 13 starts as a junior, but he didn't produce as much as he hoped.

    In 2018, he had 25 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. That wasn't enough for Cooper.

    “My career so far has been well, but I know I can bring a lot more to the table,” Cooper said. “I know I can be a much better player than I’ve shown, and I’ve take the necessary steps to do that. I’ve worked extremely hard to improve my game, and I’m pretty sure this season I will show not only myself, but my teammates and my Rushmen the player I’m supposed to be.”

    After the Gahanna native entered the program as the No. 33 overall prospect and second-rated Ohioan in his class, Cooper earned a starting job in his third season. The second-year starter has one more year in Columbus to reach his potential.


    I live in Gahanna and I'm really hoping Cooper has a "monster year".
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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Football: Jonathon Cooper to have best chance at breakthrough success in final year


    When asked at Big Ten Media Day which stat is most indicative of a defensive end’s success, senior Jonathon Cooper said one word: sacks.

    However, the Ohio State starting pass rusher has recorded just 5.5 sacks in his three years as a Buckeye, never finishing better than seventh on the team in that category for a season.

    Often overlooked on Ohio State defensive lines stacked with All-Americans and coveted NFL prospects, Cooper has one year left to live up to his one time five-star recruiting status as the Buckeye’s most experienced edge rusher.

    “I feel like my career so far has been well, but I know I can bring a lot more to the table,” Cooper said. “I know that I can be a much better player than what I’ve shown, and I’ll take the necessary steps to do that.”

    Cooper’s self-critique reflects a player who knows he still has more to prove, but a large factor in his lack of statistical production and recognition boils down to the competition he has faced to make it on the field at Ohio State.

    In his freshman year, the Buckeyes’ roster boasted four defensive ends who would eventually be drafted in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft in Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes.

    All four returned in 2017, in addition to the emergence of then-true freshman defensive end Chase Young, the Buckeyes’ 2018 sack leader who was named to the 2019 Nagurski Trophy Watch List Tuesday for the best defensive player in the country.

    This past season saw defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones earn much of the spotlight on Ohio State’s defensive line, as he recorded 8.5 sacks and a first team All-America selection before becoming a third round NFL Draft selection.

    Despite being largely overshadowed by a litany of elite Buckeye pass rushers, Cooper said at Big Ten Media Day he is not envious of his teammates and is happy for their accomplishments.

    Ahead of the season the Gahanna, Ohio, native hopes to help flip the script for a historically porous 2018 Buckeye defense, a topic that Cooper said will be a relief to put to rest once the season begins in August.

    “We don’t ever want to hear that talk about the silver bullets again or ever let that happen again in Ohio State history because that’s not the standard that Ohio State is,” Cooper said.

    The 6-foot-4, 257-pound lineman said the defense is playing with a chip on its shoulder, and he is doing his part to improve by working on his techniques and angles, which were elements of his game he said were underdeveloped in years past.

    Once the nation’s No. 3 rated defensive end out of high school, a lack of improvement from Cooper and the Ohio State defense in 2019 would not be due to a deficit in talent.

    “I said it to the guys on the staff, ‘Do you want a better D-line? Do you want a better secondary? Do you want better linebackers?’ I don’t know that there’s better players out there in the country. If there are, I’d like to see them,” head coach Ryan Day said Thursday.

    While Cooper will have more of a chance than ever before to stand out and make plays, he will still have to contend with the up and coming crop of young talent at his position that may earn minutes as well.

    Freshman defensive end Zach Harrison, a five star prospect and 2019’s No. 1 prospect in Ohio, possesses prototypical size at 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, and a 4.47-second 40-yard dash on record.

    Sophomore defensive end Tyreke Smith has also been a buzzing name that will be in rotation for the Buckeyes after an impressive spring.

    Day said he has no problem spreading playing time down the depth chart as long as his players earn it.

    “If you look at what we did on offense last year, we rotated those guys a bunch, and a bunch of them are playing in the NFL now,” Day said. “I think we can do that at all positions.”

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  15. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 It's a brand new Day!!

    I thought Coop really played better last year in spurts. If he makes the same type of jump we'll have one of the best Dlines in the country yet again.

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