USC Gamecocks Football

Pharoh Cooper continues to impress

Pharoh Cooper at South Carolina's practice and scrimmage held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Pharoh Cooper at South Carolina's practice and scrimmage held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Williams-Brice Stadium. dmclemore@thestate.com

Pharoh Cooper stood out Saturday in South Carolina’s first scrimmage, which is not much different than what he has done in the rest of the Gamecocks’ preseason work.

“Oh yeah, he’s done well,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “He’s ready to be a starter we believe, certainly, he and Shaq Roland.”

Cooper, who will start at the slot receiver position, had two catches for 80 yards Saturday, a day when the offense scored four touchdowns in a two-hour workout at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Cooper turned the most heads with a 55-yard touchdown catch from Perry Orth. Cooper snatched the ball one-handed away from safety T.J. Gurley and raced untouched into the end zone.

“I think T.J. could have clobbered him a real game. He had him covered pretty well and he sort of pulled off, which we sort of encourage our players to do,” Spurrier said.

Cooper acknowledged good fortune played largely in the catch.

“It surprised me a little bit,” he said. “That’s one of those catches, you get lucky sometimes. I just prayed to God I was going to catch it and I caught the ball.”

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