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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: Kyle Cooper
School: Hurricane High School
Primary Sport: Football

The goal for number 44 of the Redskins this season is to help erase Hurricane's frustration of early playoff exits.

"On that bus after that game (last season's playoff loss to East Fairmont) we felt obviously we should have won that game," said Cooper, a three-year starter. "And we watched in the playoffs the next couple of weeks...it hurt. You've got to forget and move on, I think we've done that and I think we're ready to prove we're not one and out this year."

Playing for Hurricane has allowed Cooper to compete in the state's top league - the MSAC (Mountain State Athletic Conference). He's a goal-oriented person, both on the field and off.

"(The) classroom's definitely number one for me," said Cooper. "I pride myself with every A like I pride myself with every tackle."

Cooper would love nothing better than to play football at the next level. And he knows being a part of a quality high school program like Hurricane will have him prepared.

"Coach (Willis) May has built a program since he's came in here. He's built a program with facilities," Cooper said. "We've got the winner's attitude we're looking for. Pride is the word, we touch Chief Pride up on the hill (at Redskins Stadium) to get us ready for each and every practice and each game."

As a senior he wants to enjoy every minute the next several months will provide. His final year as a Redskin has added meaning with the presence of younger brother Cam.

"Cam's definitely going to be a key part of our secondary on defense and wide receiver corps on offense," said Cooper of his sibling, who is a junior. "We're looking forward to it. We've got a locker beside each other (and we'll) probably butting heads some in practice, too.

"We're looking forward to it. It's the first year we've been together playing on the field. It's different, we saw that at the 7-on-7 games (during the summer three-week practice session back in June). It's something we're going to get used to and hopefully enjoy."

Being the oldest of six Cooper boys, Kyle Cooper is proud to be the first in what he feels will be a family football legacy in Hurricane for years to come.

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