Riley Cooper accepts invitation to play in Senior Bowl
Former Clearwater Central Catholic standout Riley Cooper on Saturday accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl later this month. Cooper joins former roommate and teammate Tim Tebow on the Senior Bowl roster.
Cooper was an AP second-team All-SEC selection at wide receiver this past season and led the Gators with 961 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He was second on the team 51 receptions. Cooper was among the SEC’s leading receivers in 2009, ranking third in receiving yards (961), fifth in receiving yards per game (68.64) and ninth in receptions per game (3.64).
In the Gators' victory over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month, Cooper had seven receptions for 181 yards - both career highs - and an 80-yard touchdown from Tebow.
Cooper signed a baseball contract with the Texas Rangers last August, but with a few weeks remaining in the regular season, he said he was seriously considering playing in the NFL instead. He said he wanted to spend the next couple of months before the NFL draft trying to impress scouts with his skills, and proving he's much faster than he's been portrayed.
Kickoff for the Under Armour Senior Bowl is 4 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. The game and all practices will be televised by the NFL Network.
Tickets are currently available online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.