LB for Texas A&M Football Continues to Rack Up Honors
It’s no secret that the defense for Texas A&M football is the strength of the team this year. The Aggies have been on a tear recently, holding otherwise potent offenses to low outputs. One of the biggest emergences on this defense, and biggest surprises on the team overall, has been how well the linebacking corps has acquitted themselves. Coming into the year, there was a fair amount of talk about the lack of depth at that position. Yes, insiders were excited about the potential of Taurean York, but this in no way was viewed as a strength of the team. Fast forward to today, and that evaluation has been completely flipped on its head.
It’s been flipped on its head to such a degree, in fact, that Edgerrin Cooper—senior and leader of the unit—is starting to get some buzz for the Butkus award. ESPN color commentator Louis Riddick referred to Cooper as “the best linebacker in the country” after seeing him make this play:
It should be no surprise to Texas A&M football fans, then, that Cooper’s big game on Saturday, though now a weekly occurrence by his standards, earned him the title of SEC Defender of the Week. That’s quite the honor for the senior defender.
Could Cooper be playing his way into the first day of the NFL Draft? It’s certainly possible. The knock on him is that he’s a tad undersized for his position, but he’s got a crazy wingspan and real explosion at the position. Time will tell, but I’m bullish on Cooper’s prospects to continue to rise in the draft rankings—and to continue to buttress this stout Aggie defense.