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Five things you need to know about Pharoh Cooper


Cooper is the biggest offensive threat in the SEC

We all know that South Carolina loves to run the wildcat package with Cooper under center. If you watched the UNC game you saw how successful the Gamecocks were with it. Cooper is one of the most talented and versatile players in the SEC. The junior rushed, passed, received and returned his way into the stat sheet in 2014. Cooper did so well in throwing the ball, that there were questions whether or not he should start at the quarterback spot this season.

Cooper almost was a Tar Heel

Pharaoh Cooper’s dream school was originally North Carolina, with Cooper being from eastern North Carolina. However, that dream changed during Cooper’s junior year of high school. A Tar Heel assistant football coach invited Cooper and a teammate to the Duke/North Carolina basketball game. Like any big college basketball game, North Carolina was using that weekend as a recruiting weekend. However, the North Carolina assistant coach told Cooper’s high school football coach that Cooper’s “invitation had been premature.” The UNC coach went on to say that they were just bringing in top recruits that week.

“I didn’t have a good feel with their coaching staff, and I turned away from them,” Pharoh Cooper said. “They kind of did some things I didn’t like. I kind of take that game personally.

I bet they regret not inviting him now.

Cooper was raised in a military family

Cooper is from Havelock, North Carolina, which is the military town of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Cooper’s grandfather and father were marines and his brother is a marine. Cooper’s high school football practices were constantly filled with jets flying overheard from the military base across the street. Cooper credits his military upbringing to how he is today.

“Being raised in a military town, a lot of the parents are kind of strict when it comes to discipline and the kids,” said Pharoh’s father Glenn, who served six years in the Marines. “I always told him, ‘You do the same thing when people aren’t looking that you do when they are looking.’ That makes a difference. He’s lived by that, and so far, so good.”

Pharoh Cooper was named after the ancient kings

Cooper was indeed named after the Egyptian pharaohs. The name was Pharoh’s father’s idea, however the spelling is different because his mother thought the second “a” would look strange in print. So that is cleared up.

Cooper does not have a career as a soccer player

Cooper posted a video of him reacting to scoring a soccer goal on his Instagram. However, there seems to met no actual goal…

GOAALLLLLLL!! Put me on FIFA2016 !! #TheNextMessi

A video posted by Pharoh Cooper (@kingtutt_chdown) on

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

1 Comment for Five things you need to know about Pharoh Cooper

  1. Jason M.
    6:15 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    They need to autocorrect, or spell check in Maternity wards. Parents misspell kids names all the time anymore. I’m more than willing to bet it has nothing to do with the ‘print’ they probably just weren’t aware there was a second a in the name.