44 George Cooper

George Cooper Ohio State
usaUnited States
Wyandanch, NY
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management (1986-87), Computer Science (1983-84)

Weight: 246 (1986-87), 238 (1985), 234 (1984), 222 (1983)

1987: Did not have a rush that was stopped for negative yards, despite carrying the ball 86 times.

1987 Media Guide: A starter the past two seasons, rushing for 581 yards in 1985 and 467 in ’86 … has averaged 4.3 yards per carry over a three-year career … has started all 25 games the past two seasons … used chiefly as a blocker … his top games have been against Iowa in 1985, when he ran for 104 yards and in the 1986 Utah game, when he scored four touchdowns on eight carries … caught 16 passes each of the past two years.

1986 Media Guide: Missed spring practice because of minor surgery to his knee and a bone graft operation on his wrist.

1985: Started all 12 games and was Ohio State’s leading rusher with 581 yards on 129 carries … his top game was a 104 yard effort against Iowa, ranked number one nationally at the time … caught 16 passes.

1985 Media Guide: After injuries took down two Buckeye fullbacks in spring drills, Cooper again took over and performed well … he netted 83 yards on 24 tries in the two spring games and now figures to be a starter.

1984: Buckeye coaches had planned to redshirt Cooper, but when the top two fullbacks were injured in the span of five minutes of the Illinois game, he was pressed into service … he played in four games and drew a starting assignment against Michigan State … averaged 4.5 yards per try on 11 carries.

1983: Reported to Ohio State in the fall of 1983 but a shoulder injury required surgery and he did not enroll until the winter of 1984.

High School: An all-New York and all-American tailback at Wyandanch High, where he ran for 1,324 yards on 126 carries (10.5 avg.) and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior … won nine high school letters … member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Hobbies are basketball and swimming … admires Tony Dorsett and Julius Erving … from a family of seven.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLngFumLostFR
1984Ohio State4111494.5000008000
1985Ohio State12121295814.53161308.1127321
1986Ohio State13131134674.16161569.8019330
1987Ohio State1110863474.02222069.4122100