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Riley Cooper

OF

Height
6' 3"
CLASS
Fr.
Hometown
Clearwater, Fla.
Weight
216 lbs.
Experience
RS
School
Clearwater Central Catholic
CHRIS WOODS

Major: Public Relations

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2009): Chosen by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round, 754th overall, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft…Started 23 games in right field and two in center field and batted .247 with 16 runs, eight walks, eight RBI and five doubles in 30 games...Had a .216 average in 12 SEC games...Had at least one hit in Florida’s first six games...Nine of his 22 hits went for extra bases...Had a pair of outfield assists and a fielding percentage of .978...Did not see action after April 10 while recovering from a knee injury...Entered the home win over UCF as a defensive replacement and singled and score in his only at-bat...Drove in two runs during the 11-4 win over Alabama with his first sac fly in the sixth and an RBI triple in the eighth...Appeared in all three games versus Tennessee, with two starts in right field, and recorded his fifth double of the season… Walked, stole a base and scored in the sixth in the 5-4 victory over Florida State...Started league action with a .444 (4-for-9) effort at Arkansas and extended his hitting streak to four games with at least one hit in each outing...Belted a solo shot in the ninth inning of game one...Delivered an RBI grounder in game two and was 1-for-3 in the finale...Played in two games during the Duquesne series and was 2-for-7 (.286)...Had a pair of hits in game three...Recorded his first career triple in a 2-for-4 performance against Duquesne...Also singled and scored in the sixth inning...Was 2-for-7 (.286) with three walks, three strikeouts and two runs during Miami’s visit…Went 3-for-7 (.429) in the sweep of Eastern Michigan, highlighted by his first career grand slam in game two...Turned a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 advantage in the fifth inning with a towering shot that cleared the trees in left field and landed in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center parking lot...Turned in a .364 (4-for-11) performance against eighth-ranked Louisville...Doubled and scored in the finale...Had his first multiple-hit effort of the year by poking two doubles in Saturday’s 10-4 win...Singled in his initial at bat of the year off UL All-American Justin Marks…GATOR FOOTBALL: During the football season, Cooper started 12 games at wide receiver and played in all 14 games for the 2008 national champion Gators…Had 18 receptions for 261 yards, good for a 14.5-yard average, and scored three touchdowns…Had two catches for 28 yards in UF's 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game…Caught a five-yard pass from Tim Tebow with 2:50 remaining in the SEC Championship Game to provide the Gators insurance during their 31-20 triumph over top-ranked Alabama…Also had a team-high 51-yard grab in the second quarter that set up a field goal…Cooper's first TD reception of the campaign came on an 11-yard strike from Tebow at Vanderbilt.

 

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2008): Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Appeared in 22 games, with 16 starts, and was 12-for-58 (.207)…Contributed 10 RBI, five runs and two homers...Was 3-for-8 (.375) during the NCAA Tallahassee Regional…Delivered an RBI double to give the Gators a 2-0 lead against Florida State…Opened the tourney by going 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base versus Tulane…Went 1-for-2 in the meeting with Vanderbilt at the SEC Tournament and was caught stealing...Had gone 0-for-10 with four strikeouts and two walks in the series with the Commodores...Collected hits in all three games at Alabama, going 3-for-12 (.250) in the series...Was 1-for-3 with a walk and a career-high two runs scored in game one...Started all three games in right field at South Carolina, going 3-for-10 (.300) with two homers and four RBI...Had two hits, including a two-run homer in game three...Hit his first career home run in game two...Reached base via hit-by-pitch three times in game one to match the school record for HBP in an outing and collected the first two stolen bases of his career...Made starting debut as DH in the opener versus Auburn but was 0-for-3 with three K...Collected first collegiate hit with an RBI double in the sixth against Brown on March 9...Made his collegiate debut as a pinch hitter in the first game versus Eastern Michigan and grounded out…Made the transition to baseball after competing for the Gators on the gridiron…GATOR FOOTBALL: Appeared in 10 games during the year with two starts in home contests against Tennessee and Auburn…Missed games against Georgia and Vanderbilt as a result of a broken finger suffered in the first quarter at Kentucky…Also saw action during the season on the kickoff coverage unit…Dressed but did not see action in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan…Had 182 yards receiving on just eight catches, an average of 22.8 yards per reception leading the Gators in yards per catch…Scored a touchdown on his only touch against Tennessee, a 30-yard reception…Made a critical play on special teams, catching the Vols’ LaMarcus Coker down the sideline to prevent a touchdown on a 74-yard return…Reeled in one reception for nine yards against Auburn…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.

 

(2007): Did not see any action on the diamond during the spring, as he was recovering from an injury…GATOR FOOTBALL: Earned a varsity letter as a wide receiver on the 2006 national champion Gator football team…Played in 13 of Florida's 14 games and made four catches for 92 yards…Was a gunner on the special teams…Tied a freshman record with three touchdown receptions against Western Carolina on Nov. 18 and was later named SEC Freshman of the Week…Caught three passes for 82 yards versus the Catamounts, including a seven-yard scoring toss from Chris Leak and TD passes of 55 and 20 yards from Tim Tebow…Forced a fumble that caused a safety in the 23-10 victory over then-No. 9 LSU.

 

SUMMER: Spent the summer of 2008 in Virginia playing for the New Market Rebels in the Valley League, a wood-bat league designed for college baseball players to improve their games…Started 28 games for the Rebels and hit .231 with three home runs and 12 RBIs…Rated as the number one prospect in the Valley League by PGCrosschecker.com.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Todd Vaughn at Clearwater Central Catholic High School…Chosen in the 15th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 457th choice…Ranked as the No. 161 prospect in the nation for the 2006 draft, and No. 22 in the state of Florida according to Baseball America…First team all-state at wide receiver and free safety his junior and senior seasons…Holds Florida state records for punt and kickoff return yards…Considered the sixth-best athlete in the country according to Rivals.com…Three-time all-county selection…Had 103 tackles as a senior with five interceptions, giving him 20 for his career…Team captain his senior season…Caught passes in seven games totaling 34 receptions for 572 yards and seven scores…Picked off nine passes as a senior and accumulated 15 over the span of his final two prep seasons…Caught 32 passes for 982 yards and 15 TD in his final season…Totaled 128 tackles from the free safety position as a junior…Averaged a state-record 30.6 yards per catch as a senior.

 

COOPER’S CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2008

.207

22-16

58

5

12

4

0

2

10

4

25

5-7

2009

.247

30-25

89

16

22

5

2

2

8

8

41

3-4

CAREER

.231

52-41

147

21

34

9

2

4

18

12

66

8-11

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2008

.162

12-10

37

4

6

1

0

2

7

4

16

3-3

2009

.216

12-10

37

4

8

1

1

1

4

3

18

2-6

CAREER

.162

24-20

74

8

14

2

1

3

11

7

34

5-9

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2008

.500

1-1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0-1

CAREER

.500

1-1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0-1

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2008

.375

2-2

8

1

3

2

0

0

1

0

4

2-2

CAREER

.375

2-2

8

1

3

2

0

0

1

0

4

2-2

 

COOPER'S CAREER HIGHS

At Bats: 5, 4x, last vs. Vanderbilt (4/3/09)

Runs Scored: 2, 2x, last vs. Eastern Michigan (2/25/09)

Hits: 2, 8x, last vs. Arkansas (3/13/09)

RBI: 4 vs. Eastern Michigan (2/25/09)

Doubles: 2 vs. Louisville (2/21/09)

Triples: 1, 2x, last vs. Alabama (3/27/09)

Home Runs: 1, 4x, last vs. Arkansas (3/13/09)

Walks: 2, 2x, last vs. Arkansas (3/14/09)

Stolen Bases: 2 vs. South Carolina (5/2/08)

Hit Streak: 9 games (5/21/08-2/28/09)

 

 

 

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