Cooper to Honor Tinsley, Wear No. 51 at UNLV

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Go Gophers! Keanon Cooper
Go Gophers!
Senior linebacker Keanon Cooper will honor the late Gary Tinsley by wearing No. 51 tonight at UNLV.
Go Gophers!
Senior linebacker Keanon Cooper will wear No. 51 to honor his former teammate, the late Gary Tinsley tonight when Minnesota begins the 2012 season at UNLV.

Tinsley, who was a senior linebacker for the Gophers last year, passed away in April due to an enlarged heart. Tinsley wore No. 51 while at Minnesota. Cooper and Tinsley were roommates last year and Cooper gave a eulogy at Tinsley's funeral in Florida.

Cooper's jersey for tonight's game will not have any name on the back. Cooper will switch back to his regular No. 4 when Minnesota plays its first home game against New Hampshire on Sept. 8 at TCF Bank Stadium.  

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