Jonathon Cooper chose Michigan as his final game of 2019 because he knew it 'would mean more to me and my brothers'
Jonathon Cooper is a senior defensive end at Ohio State. He had appeared in only three games this season, despite being one of the most talented players on the roster.
He was faced with a unique situation entering The Game this past weekend. Seeing as though he had only played in three games this season, he had the ability to play in one more game — bringing his total to four — while still being able to take a redshirt so that he could potentially play another full season at Ohio State.
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Cooper decided that he wanted to do that. He wanted to play in one more game this season so that he would have 2020 available to him. Which game did he want to use his final eligibility on?
Here’s Cooper as to why he thought The Game would be the best option — as opposed to the Big Ten Championship Game or a potential College Football Playoff game:
Why did Ohio State's Jonathon Cooper pick The Game as his final appearance of 2019? "I feel like this game would mean more to me and my brothers, to end the regular season undefeated." https://t.co/bi5DEkmWZa pic.twitter.com/8Egl3afup0
— Nathan Baird (@nwbaird) December 1, 2019
OSU's Chase Young on Jonathon Cooper: "He always told me he wanted to come back for the big one. He came out here and played very well."
— Nathan Baird (@nwbaird) November 30, 2019
It’s Michigan. Should there be any other explanation? It’s been said before, and it crazily rings true: If Ohio State wins only one game all year, but it’s against Michigan, it is happy.
If it goes 11-1 but loses to Michigan? That’s a failure for the Buckeyes.
That’s how much The Game means. Right or wrong, that’s how much the rivalry means. That’s the mindset in Columbus. And on Saturday, when the Buckeyes trounced the Wolverines in Ann Arbor 56-27, Cooper’s decision made that point abundantly clear.
The Game against Michigan just means more.