UNLV: A good-sized, versatile defender who will look to make a bigger impact this fall ... Was one of four Texans to sign with UNLV in 2010 ... One of 13 UNLV football players named to the 2011 Academic All-Mountain West team.
2011: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by appearing in all but the first game of the season ... Lined up at linebacker and played on special teams ... Finished with seven total tackles.
2010: Redshirted season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of The Woodlands HS ... A three-year letterwinner under coach Mark Schmid ... Led the Highlanders to the second round of the playoffs as a junior and a senior ... In 2009 he made 80 tackles, including 12 for loss and six sacks as the Highlanders won their first 11 games ... Added two fumble recoveries and an interception ... Named first team all-district in 2009 ... Also played tight end on offense ... A two-year letterwinner in baseball for the Highlanders.
PERSONAL: Joseph Perry Cooper was born on Sept. 25, 1991, in Dallas, TX ... The son of Lela and Keith Cooper ... Has a brother, Michael ... Majoring in hospitality management.
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