4 Keanon Cooper  
Keanon Cooper

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

High School:
Skyline

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 220

Position:
Linebacker


12/07/2012

Thirty-One Gophers Named Academic All-Big Ten

Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13

12/06/2012

Gophers Place 70 on Fall Academic All-Big Ten List

Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11

12/02/2012

Minnesota To Play Texas Tech In Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

Fans can purchase tickets on MyGopherSports.com

11/25/2012

Gophers Hold Annual Awards Banquet

MarQueis Gray repeats as Bronko Nagurski Award winner

11/24/2012

Game Notes: Michigan State 26, Gopher Football 10 (11/24/12)

Postgame Notes from Minnesota's 26-10 loss to Michigan State at TCF Bank Stadium.

08/14/2012

Keanon Cooper Profile

Gophersports.com catches up with senior linebacker Keanon Cooper.

11/03/2012

Gopher Football vs. Michigan, Nov. 3

Photos from Gopher Football vs. the Michigan Wolverines on Nov. 3, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium.

10/13/2012

Gophers vs. Northwestern, Homecoming 2012

Photos from the Gophers homecoming game against Northwestern Oct. 13, 2012

11/26/2011

Minnesota Football vs. Illinois

11/26/11

Photo Gallery

2011 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Appeared in all 12 games and started at outside linebacker in nine games • recorded 77 tackles (34 solo, 43 assisted) • had six tackles for loss including one sack • forced two fumbles and recovered one • broke-up two passes • earned third varsity letter• named Academic All-Big Ten.

Game-by-Game: Notched four tackles (one solo, three assisted), plus one tackle-for-loss in season opener at USC (9/3) • racked up nine tackles (four solo, five assists), one tackle-for-loss and forced a fumble in home opener vs. New Mexico State (9/10) • tallied nine stops (four solo, five assists) in 29-23 home victory over Miami (Ohio) (9/17) • recorded one tackle in 37-24 loss to North Dakota State (9/24) • notched four tackles (three solo, one assist) in Big Ten opener at Michigan (10/1) • tied a career-high in solo tackles with six and recorded one tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble in loss at Purdue (10/8) • recorded a career-high with team-best 12 tackles (four solo, 8 assists), while also breaking up one pass in Homecoming loss to Nebraska (10/22) • notched five tackles (two solo, three assists) in 22-21 victory over Iowa (10/29) • recorded seven stops (one solo, six assists) and recovered his first career fumble in 31-24 loss at Michigan State (11/5) • had six tackles (three solo, three assists) in loss to Wisconsin (11/12) • tallied nine tackles (three solo, six assists), along with half a tackle-for-loss in 28-13 loss at Northwestern (11/19) • recorded five tackles (three solo, two assists) with 1.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack in 27-7 victory over Illinois (11/26).

2010 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts at linebacker • recorded 68 total tackles (40 solo) • also made 4.5 tackles for a loss • broke up one pass and forced one fumble in 2010.

Game-by-Game: earned first-career start at linebacker in season-opener against Middle Tennessee State on 9/2 • recorded six total tackles (five solo, one assist) in the 24-17 win over the Blue Raiders • tallied six solo tackles and two assists against USC (9/11) • tied with Mike Rallis for a team-high nine total tackles (six solo, three assists) against South Dakota (9/18) • tallied two tackles (one solo) and broke up one pass against Northern Illinois (9/25) • tallied one solo tackle against Northwestern (10/2) as a reserve • recorded one tackle against Wisconsin (10/9) • contributed nine tackles (five solo) against Purdue (10/16) including one tackle behind the line • recorded five total tackles (four solo) against Penn State (10/23) • recorded 10 tackles (six solo) against Ohio State (10/30) • made five tackles (four solo) against Michigan State (11/6) including one stop behind the line • made nine stops (three solo) against Illinois (11/13) including one tackle behind the line and half a sack • contributed three tackles (two solo) in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27).

2009 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Reserve linebacker whose 43 total tackles ranked him seventh on the team • produced several strong performances throughout the season • saw extensive action against California and tallied six total tackles • blocked a punt vs. Wisconsin • registered double-digit tackles for the first time in his career, as well as his first sack and first forced fumble against Illinois • also picked up his second career blocked punt late in the game against Illinois, which led to the Gophers' final touchdown • earned first varsity letter • named to the Big Ten All-Academic team.

Game-by-Game: Appeared in first career game as a Golden Gopher in the season opening 23-20 OT win at Syracuse (9/5) • recorded first career tackle vs. the Orange • saw action in the 20-13 win over Air Force (9/12) • saw first extensive playing time as a Golden Gopher in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19) • finished with six solo tackles and seven total tackles vs. the Bears, each the second-best mark on the team • appeared in the 35-24 win at Northwestern (9/26), but did not record any statistics • in the 31-28 loss to Wisconsin (10/3), registered four tackles and also blocked a punt • in the 35-20 win over Purdue, had his best game of the season, finishing second on the team with a career high 10 tackles, including his first career sack, for a loss of three yards • in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17) collected six total tackles including two solos and 0.5 tackles for a loss • in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) finished with two total tackles • in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31), finished with one pass break-up, the first of his career • in the 35-32 loss to Illinois (11/7) tallied one tackle and blocked a punt late in the game that led to the Gophers' final touchdown • in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14) finished among the team leaders with five tackles • appeared in the 12-0 loss to Iowa (11/21), finishing with one tackle • saw action (12/31) at the Insight Bowl vs. Iowa State, but did not record any statistics.

2008:
Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Prepped at Skyline High School, where he was a three-year starter • key member of a top-ranked defense that allowed just 203.8 yards per game in 2007 • helped lead Skyline to a 12-2 record and its deepest run in the playoffs since 1972 as the Raiders reached the Class 5A Division Region Final • posted staggering statistical numbers as both a junior and a senior • totaled 141 tackles, three blocked punts, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior in 2007 • member of the ESPN 150 • rated as the No. 128 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com • No. 12 outside linebacker and the No. 6 player in Texas by ESPN.com • tabbed as the No. 13 player in the Dallas Metroplex by the Dallas Morning News • received four stars from Rivals, which rates him as the nation's No. 24 safety and the No. 45 overall player in Texas • rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 37 safety in the country by Scout • selected to play in the prestigious Under Armor All-America Game • earned Class 5A first team all-state honors from The Associated Press • a second team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association • also earned first team All-Area honors from the Dallas Morning News and was a first team All-District 11-5A pick • racked up 143 tackles, including four sacks, nine interceptions, five fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles as a junior in 2006 • also had a blocked punt return for a touchdown • earned first team All-Area and first team District 11-5A honors • coached by Reginald Samples.

PERSONAL:
Born October 28, 1989 • son of Vickie Cooper • sports management major.