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Riley Cooper

Cooper batting for the Florida Gator's baseball team.
Florida GatorsNo. 11
Wide Receiver Senior
Major: Sports Management
Date of birth: September 9, 1987
Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
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Riley Thomas Cooper [1] was born on September 9, 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is the son of Larry and Monica Cooper. He is an American football wide receiver and baseball outfielder for the Florida Gators. He signed a deal to play baseball for the Major League Baseball Texas Rangers. During his tenure at the University of Florida, he was quarterback Tim Tebow's roommate and primary passing target on the field. Cooper is known not only for his possession skills, but for being an outstanding and aggressive blocker.

Cooper recently signed with the Texas Rangers, but decided to delay his MLB career and return to play football for Florida in their 2009 season.



In his rookie season, Cooper served as the gunner on special teams and played in 13 of the 14 games for the Gators. He established a then-career-high with three receptions — all touchdowns — in the romp over Western Carolina. Cooper was then nominated SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against WCU. Riley was the first Gator freshman wide receiver to have three TD catches in a game since Jabar Gaffney accomplished the feat in 2000. Cooper saw action in Florida’s triumphs over Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, mostly on special teams. He made collegiate debut with one reception for 10 yards against UCF. Cooper gained 92 yards on 4 receptions, 3 of which went for touchdowns on the season.[2]


As a sophomore, Cooper appeared in 10 games during the year with two starts in home contests against Tennessee and Auburn. He missed games against Georgia and Vanderbilt as a result of a broken finger suffered in the first quarter at Kentucky. Unfortunately, he dressed but did not compete in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan, which the Gators would lose. Cooper hauled in a career-high and team best four catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 59-yard grab in his 2007 debut against Western Kentucky. Cooper caught the ball 8 times, gaining 182 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns total in 2007.[2]


Cooper appeared in every game for the Gators in his junior season, starting all but two (Hawaii and Florida State). Riley hauled in a key touchdown, along with a season-high 51-yard reception, that put UF in scoring position at the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama. He totaled 28 yards on two receptions in the BCS National Championship Game, including a crucial 17-yard catch on 3rd-and-12. Cooper ammased 261 total yards on 18 receptions, 3 of these being touchdowns.[2]


As of the 2009 season, Cooper has remained one of Tim Tebow's primary passing threats, and is still a prominent special teams player. While receiving, he would total 961 yards on 51 receptions, catching 9 touchdowns and averaging 18.8 yards per catch.[3]


Gator Football Roster.[4] Cooper returns to Gators for senior year.[3]



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