Keanon Cooper
Keanon  Cooper

Position:
Defensive Graduate Assistant

Alma Mater:
Minnesota


Keanon Cooper is in his second season as a defensive graduate assistant at Minnesota.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Cooper was an assistant coach and led the linebackers at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Cooper played linebacker for the Gophers from 2008-12 and earned four letters. He was a team captain in 2012.

The Dallas, Texas, native played in 50 games for the Maroon and Gold and made 257 tackles, which included 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. He also broke up five passes and forced five fumbles.

Cooper was also the first Gopher to receive the Gary Tinsley Award in 2012. The award is named after Cooper’s former roommate and Minnesota teammate Gary Tinsley and is presented annually to the player who best embraces Tinsley's underdog persona. Tinsley was a linebacker for Minnesota from 2008-11 and passed away in April 2012.

Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Minnesota in 2012. He was also named Academic All-Big Ten three times.

MORE HEADLINES

Row the Boat Culture: Video Recap

Row the Boat Culture: Video Recap

12/15/2017 - Football

Check out some of the best off-the-field moments from Gopher Football in 2017 with this video recap!

Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 14

Ski-U-Mah Weekly: Episode 14

12/11/2017 - Football

Former Gopher Basketball player Spencer Tollackson joined Justin Gaard on Ski-U-Mah Weekly Dec. 11 to talk Minnesota Basketball and more!

Vote O’Brien for Uplifting Athletes Award

Vote O’Brien for Uplifting Athletes Award

12/11/2017 - Football

Gophers walk-on holder and two-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien is one of four finalists for Rare Disease Champion Award.

Get daily updates delivered to your inbox!

Proud Sponsors Of Gopher Athletics