Nebraska's Khiry Cooper Admitted at Tulsa
April 11, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa Head Football Coach Bill Blankenship confirmed today that Khiry (KY-ree) Cooper has signed scholarship papers and has been admitted to The University of Tulsa as a graduate student. Cooper will receive his degree from the University of Nebraska in May, but still has one season of football eligibility remaining and will complete that year at Tulsa.
Cooper, a 6'3", 205-pound receiver, was a two-sport athlete at Nebraska, playing football and baseball. In three seasons on the Cornhuskers football team, Cooper grabbed 21 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown in 27 career games. He also played 99 career games for the Huskers baseball team.
"I'm really excited about the addition of Khiry to our football program. He is an extremely gifted athlete and is someone I've known and recruited when he was in high school in Louisiana," said Blankenship. "Khiry's physical maturity should help him make an impact this coming season."
Cooper played in nine games during the 2011 football season, while catching four passes for 60 yards. He played in six games in 2010, but did not catch a pass.
As a red-shirt freshman in 2009, Cooper played in 12 games and caught 17 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown. He started four games and had three catches against Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas and scored his lone TD with a 13-yard reception against Texas Tech.
Cooper was selected in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2008 MLB Draft, but elected to play both football and baseball at Nebraska.
In high school, Cooper was one of the top wide receivers in the state of Louisiana. He accounted for 1,700 yards and 42 touchdowns in three years at Shreveport's Calvary Baptist Academy. As a prep senior, Cooper caught 60 passes for 1,038 yards while helping Calvary Academy to a 12-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals in Class 2A. He was a first-team Class 2A all-state selection and was also a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate's "Second dozen" of top players in Louisiana. Cooper was ranked among the top 30 football players in the state of Louisiana by both Rivals.com and SuperPrep Magazine.
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