Gamecocks Wide Receiver Pharoh Cooper Makes Two Award Watch List’s in Two Days


South Carolina Gamecocks junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper was named to two preseason award lists in two days making the Maxwell Award watch list today, and the Hornung Award watch list on Monday.

The Maxwell Award, which is given to the top college football player in the country, named Cooper to its preseason list and has him slotted in the top ten.

The Hornung award, is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission, the award showcases the most versatile player in the NCAA.

2014 was the break out year for Pharoh Cooper. He earned first team All-SEC honors by the AP and SEC coaches as a wide receiver and was a second-team pick by both as an all-purpose back. he was also picked as a first-team All-SEC all-purpose back by Cooper Finished third in the SEC in receptions (69), second in receiving yards (1,136) and receiving yards per game (87.4), fourth in receptions per game (5.3) and ninth in all-purpose yards/game (108.5). He led the team in all receiving categories and was fourth on the squad with 200 yards rushing. His single-season marks, ranked sixth in school history for receptions, third for receiving yards and tied for sixth for touchdown receptions. He set a school record with 233 yards receiving on a career-high 11 receptions and two scores, including an 85-yarder, vs. Tennessee and also rushed for 23 yards and a TD and threw a 30-yard TD pass in that game.

Cooper’s career resume consists of 402 rushing yards, 107 passing yards, 1,190 receiving yards, 359 kickoff return yards and 115 punt return yards in his 24-game career that includes 13 starts and has five plays of 70-plus yards in his career (two rushing and three receiving). He was named the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring.