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Riley Cooper joins baseball team.



Okay, forget what I said about Riley Cooper yesterday.

I was wrong.

Apparently Cooper is going to take his fragile foot and bad ankles over to the Florida baseball team.

The school announced this afternoon that Cooper has been added to the Gator baseball roster. Cooper will be on the active roster when the Gators open the season Friday night against Sienna.

A 15th-round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, Cooper was rated as the No. 161 prospect in the nation and No. 22 in the state of Florida according to Baseball America.

The 6-foot-3, 215 pound sophomore receiver played in 10 games with the Gator football team last season, including two starts. He had 182 receving yard on eight catches (22.8 per reception) to lead the Gators in yards per catch.

But Cooper has been hampered by injuries both seasons, which is why his joining the baseball team is somewhat surprising. Florida has not said what Cooper's status will be with the football team when spring practice begins March 19.

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


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