Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best

“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”

-RONNIE LOTT

XAVIER COOPER – DEFENSIVE LINE – WASHINGTON STATE

Alabama v Auburn

AT A GLANCE

Number: 96
Class: Redshirt Junior
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 299
Hometown: Tacoma, Wa
Position: Defensive Line
High School: Wilson
Experience: 2L

OFF THE FIELD

Off the gridiron Xavier Cooper works just as hard as he does when he puts on the Washington State uniform. Diagnosed with a learning disability in the 9th grade, Xavier overcame his academic struggles with determination and hard work. He completed the necessary coursework at Tacoma Community College to meet NCAA requirements and transfer to Washington State. After redshirting in 2011, Cooper was presented with Washington State’s Tim Petek strongman award in his first two years he was eligible for the award. This Lott IMPACT Trophy candidate’s character, uncanny discipline, and superior game performance represent an unparalleled defensive prowess.

ON THE FIELD

Xavier Cooper is a redshirt junior defensive linemen for the Washington State Cougars. A Tacoma, Washington native, Cooper has thrived on the field earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention throughout his Freshman campaign, a year that saw him appear in 11 games on his way to collecting a varsity letter. During his sophomore campaign Cooper started all 13 games while registering a team-best 5.0 sacks (and 13.5 tackles for loss). Prior to the 2014 season he was placed on the Pac-12’s College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) watch list.