Ohio State Overview: Jonathon Cooper is a leader on this team, an academic stalwart and one of the top defensive ends on a defensive line full of talented players … a true senior, Cooper commands a presence on this team and is coming off a 13-start season in 2018 with 33 total games played as a Buckeye … expect his career statistics – 46 tackles; 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks – to grow considerably in 2019 as he becomes next man up along a line that has produced four NFL Draft picks at the defensive end position that last two drafts, including the No. 2 overall pick in 2019 (Nick Bosa) … Cooper is coming off a season in 2018 in which he made 25 tackles and had 6.5 TFLs and earned honorable mention all-conference honors … he also recovered a fumble and had a blocked extra point attempt in the Tulane game … in 2017, playing alongside four defensive ends who would be drafted Cooper played in all 14 games and had 15 tackles and three TFLs … had a personal-best two quarterback sacks vs. Illinois … played in six games as a true freshman in 2016, including the College Football Playoff semifinals vs. Clemson … he had his first quarterback sack in the win over Maryland … a member of the 2016 recruiting class, he enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016 … he is majoring in consumer & family financial services.
Notable Note: Cooper was a part of a Buckeyes Go International service-learning program this summer and spent a week in Costa Rica. The 15 Ohio State student-athlete facilitated sports activities with local youth, worked at a food bank, participated in a beach clean-up and engaged in cultural immersion and educational opportunities.
Honors & Awards
2018: Academic All-Big Ten Conference, honorable mention all-Big Ten (coaches and media)
2017: Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Jonathon: Cooper came to Ohio State rated as a 5-star prospect by 247Sports and considered one of the Top 50 players in the nation by that organization (No. 25 national ranking) and Scout (No. 35 overall) … he was listed as one of the Top 5 defensive ends in this class, with 247Sports ranking him as the No. 2 weak-side end and with Rivals and Scout rating him the No. 5 defensive end … he was named to the All-USA Ohio football team and the state defensive player of the year by USA Today and was first-team Associated Press all-state as a senior … he helped Lincoln, coached by Bruce Ward, to a 7-4 season in 2015 and a berth in the Ohio state playoffs … is the son of Jessica and Jude Moorman.
COOPER’S DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR G-GS UA A TOT TFL YD SCK QBH
2016 6-0 2 4 6 1.0 5 1 0
2017 14-0 11 4 15 3.0 19 2 1
2018 13-13 14 11 25 6.5 22 2.5 2
TOT 33-13 27 19 46 10.5 46 5.5 3