National Championship Game Preview: Ohio State DE Jonathon Cooper

Jonathon Cooper
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Ohio State Overview
• Jonathon Cooper is a leader on this team, an academic stalwart and one of the top defensive ends on a defensive line full of talented players
• A fifth-year senior in 2020, Cooper commands a presence  on this team with 37 total games played as a Buckeye
• Was limited to just four games due to injury as a true senior in 2019 and elected to redshirt
• A team captain, he started all four games that he played in 2019 – at Nebraska, vs. Michigan State, at Northwestern and at Michigan
• Produced six tackles and one sack in those four contests
• In 2018, he started 13 games, made 25 tackles, had 6.5 TFLs and earned honorable mention all-conference honors
• Also recovered a fumble and had a blocked extra point attempt in the Tulane game
• In 2017, playing alongside four defensive ends who would be drafted, Cooper played in all 14 games and had 15 tackles and three TFLs
• Had a personal-best two quarterback sacks vs. Illinois
• Played in six games as a true freshman in 2016, including the College Football Playoff semifinals vs. Clemson
• Had his first quarterback sack in the win over Maryland
• A member of the 2016 recruiting class, he enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016
• Is majoring in consumer & family financial services.

Notable Note
• Cooper was a part of a Buckeyes Go International service-learning program this summer and spent a week in Costa Rica
• The 15 Ohio State student-athlete facilitated sports activities with local youth, worked at a food bank, participated in a beach clean-up and engaged in cultural immersion and educational opportunities.

Honors & Awards
2018: Academic All-Big Ten Conference, honorable mention all-Big Ten (coaches and media)
2017: Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete

More on Jonathon
• Cooper came to Ohio State rated as a 5-star prospect by 247Sports and considered one of the Top 50 players in the nation by that organization (No. 25 national ranking) and Scout (No. 35 overall)
• He was listed as one of the Top 5 defensive ends in this class, with 247Sports ranking him as the No. 2 weak-side end and with Rivals and Scout rating him the No. 5 defensive end
• Was named to the All-USA Ohio football team and the state defensive player of the year by USA Today and was first-team Associated Press all-state as a senior
• Helped Lincoln, coached by Bruce Ward, to a 7-4 season in 2015 and a berth in the Ohio state playoffs
• Is the son of Jessica and Jude Moorman



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