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Cooper hangs out with baseball team



Riley Cooper took batting practice with the baseball team on Tuesday, but most likely won't be joining the Gator squad, at least any time soon.

Cooper, a former two-sport standout at Clearwater Central Catholic, was the No. 161 prospect in the nation for the 2006 draft, and No. 22 in the state of Florida, according to Baseball America.

Although he reportedly looked solid in batting practice, there are no plans at this time for Cooper to join the team.

First-year UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan was open to the option of evaluating Cooper and giving him a chance, but with the season-opener set for Friday, Cooper's history of injuries (foot, ankle, and most recently a broken finger at the end of the past football season), and spring football practice less than a month away, it's not really a viable option for either the team or Cooper at this time.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:24pm]


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