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68 DAYS TO KICKOFF: William Cooper


#68 William Cooper
Redshirt Sophomore
6-4 | 280
Hayti, Mo.


Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

William Cooper Jr. (b. Feb. 7, 1990) redshirted in Bill Snyder's second "first" season (2009) and played only sparingly last season as a reserve offensive lineman. He projects into a similar capacity this year.

Although there has been some talk of Cooper playing left tackle, his body type seems more like that of a guard to me.

I currently have him penciled in as the third-string left guard. He was not in the two-deep during spring practice.

Had William Lawson stuck around, he might have been a better fit at left tackle.

As it stands right now, we don't have anyone both on scholarship and experienced who is backing up Manase Foketi and Cornelius Lucas there.

In a pinch, I suppose Zach Hanson could slide back over, but it seems more likely that one of the incoming freshmen potentially could challenge for that third-string spot if Cooper doesn't.

Hopefully, our top two tackles will stay healthy all season and we won't ever need to find out.