Jake Cooper came to Penn State by way of Archbishop Wood in Doylestown, PA. A composite 3-star linebacker, Jake saw game action as a true freshman, beginning in week 2 of the 2015 season against Buffalo. All told in 2015, Cooper played in 12 games, including a start versus Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, and recorded 14 tackles, 2.5 TFL, one sack, and one pass defended.
Jake took a bit of a step back in 2016, as injuries sidelined him for last half of the season, and some younger players like Cam Brown surpassed him on the depth chart. Cooper played in just six games in 2016, including two starts, and tallied 11 tackles, with one quarterback hurry.
Jake finds himself squarely in the middle of the depth chart in 2017, and will be in the mix behind presumptive starters Jason Cabinda, Manny Bowen, and Koa Farmer. Linebacker depth is still thin, and so Cooper, along with Brown and Brandon Smith, will need to provide a quality rotation for the defense to stay fresh.
33 days to go!