Riley Cooper ponders baseball, football future
Florida senior wide receiver Riley Cooper said Sunday he has not made a final decision on his future, despite reports he has signed a contract with the Texas Rangers and will return to Florida to play football.
"I don't know what I'm doing yet," Cooper told the Times Sunday afternoon.
Cooper was a 25th round pick of the Rangers in the MLB Draft, and spent part of the summer playing for the McKinney team in the Texas Collegiate League. He is negotiating with the Rangers, and trying to decide whether to return for his senior season of football.
The former Clearwater Central Catholic standout did not participate in spring football drills, opting instead to play baseball for the Gators, with coach Urban Meyer's blessing. Hampered by injury, he played in 30 of the Gators' 64 games.
For the past few weeks, Florida fans have been anxiously awaiting a decision from Cooper, who played in all 14 games last season, averaging 18.8 yards per reception, and is one of the most experienced returners for the Gators. He is also one of Florida's best special teams players.
Florida opens practice on Thursday.