Ohio State's Jonathon Cooper reels in national honor after big day vs. Penn State
Ohio State seemingly has an endless supply of edge rushers of the past few years, with defensive end Jonathon Cooper making a big statement on Saturday in a win at Penn State as a potential impact player.
From the edge, Cooper had five tackles and shared on a sack in Ohio State’s impressive 38-25 win in Happy Valley.
For his solid performance, he was named co-Senior of the Week on Defense by the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
One season after Chase Young went No. 2 overall to the Washington Football Team, Cooper seems to be the next impact player in line for the Buckeyes. Young won the Chuck Bednarik Award last year from the Maxwell Football Club as the nation’s top defensive player.
Cooper was poised last year to make a big impact opposite Young but an ankle injury limited him to just four games. He had six tackles, a sack and a pass defended before redshirting for the season.
In the win this past weekend, Ohio State limited Penn State to 325 yards of total offense. The Nittany Lions were just 3-of-9 on third down conversions. The Buckeyes had five sacks and seven tackles for a loss in making a statement against a ranked opponent.
The impressive showing by Cooper and the Buckeyes defense on the road underscored that Ohio State is a complete team and worthy of talk as national championship contenders this year. This Saturday, Ohio State hosts Rutgers, who started the season with an impressive (if somewhat surprising) win at Michigan State and lost at home on Saturday to Indiana.