Expected to be an anchor of the Washington State Cougars defensive line, Xavier Cooper recorded 50 tackles and a team best five sacks as a redshirt sophomore in 2013. A 6-4, 308-pound bundle of strength, Cooper enters the 2014 season with a legitimate shot at garnering Pac-12 honors along the defensive line.
A product of Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., Cooper posted 85 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior, garnering All-Narrows League First Team honors as well as all-city first team honors. Lettered three years in basketball.
An early enrollee at Washington State in January 2011, he redshirted and worked on the scout team. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he appeared in 11 games, starting nine and was named to the All-Pac-12 honorable mention team. He made 34 tackles and had 8.5 tackles for loss to go along with three sacks. Cooper started all 13 games in 2013 and recorded 50 tackles to go along with his five sacks. Led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, ninth best in the Pac-12, and recovered two fumbles, one for a score, in 2013.
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by Christopher Wuensch
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