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