Steve Spurrier was worried no one would notice Pharoh Cooper’s remarkable performance Saturday because of South Carolina’s late-game collapse, but Cooper didn’t go wholly unrewarded.
On Monday, he was named the College Football Performance Awards national wide receiver of the week (I had never heard of it before either) and to the honor roll for the Paul Hornug Award. Not exactly the Heisman, but nice honors nonetheless.
Now on to another concern: Will Cooper be overlooked after the season when the big honors are handed out? Clearly, he’s not a Heisman Trophy or an All-America contender, but he certainly should be in the conversation for first-team All-SEC.
After a career-high 233 receiving yards against Tennessee, Cooper is second in the SEC in receiving with 87.3 yards per game. Another Cooper, Alabama’s phenomenal Amari, leads the conference with 141.5 receiving yards per game. Pharoh Cooper also has as many receiving touchdowns as anybody in the league other than that Other Cooper. Pharoh has eight. Amari has nine.
And, as every South Carolina fan knows, receiving only tells part of the story of Cooper’s value to the Gamecocks. He is eighth in the SEC in all-purpose yards with 107.3 per game, and he has rushed for and thrown for scores this season.
Cooper’s best chance of making first-team all-conference is at wide receiver rather than all-purpose (which can sometimes be used as a back door for players who have nice stats but not the name recognition). Beyond Amari Cooper, there aren’t any dominant receivers in the conference. Pharoh Cooper is as close as it gets, and he should be rewarded for it at the end of the season.
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