Cooper And Wiggins Score Three TDs On Senior Day
Carden Passes For Three Scores, Hardy Catches One and Throws For Another
East Carolina vs. Marshall (AP)
AP Photos: East Carolina vs. Houston
ECU vs. Navy - AP Photos (10/27/12)
AP Photos: Football vs. UAB
AP Photos: Football vs. UTEP
Hopes to follow a notable highlight-reel inaugural season with an encore as a senior ... Quickness, vision and elusiveness enables additional yardage after contact ... Returns as East Carolina's starter in the backfield, but should face plenty of competition from sophomore Chris Hairston, incoming junior college transfer Breon Allen and freshman Marquez Grayson, creating unmatched depth in a position that distributed many carries to different personnel a year ago ... Earned selection to 2013 Preseason All-Conference USA squads by Athlon Sports (second team) and Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine (third team) ... Outgoing personality and charisma makes him one of the more popular Pirates among media members and the fan base, despite his limited time in the program ... Strength numbers of note include a 286-pound power clean, a push jerk of 300, a broad jump of 109.5" and a pro shuttle time of 4.12.
2012: Selected as Conference USA's Newcomer-of-the-Year and earned all-league (second-team) honors after a dazzling debut season in ECU's backfield ... Appeared in all 13 games, starting the last eight ... Authored four 100-yard rushing games (151/UTEP, 172/UAB, 121/Navy, 140/UH), which is ranked as the second-highest total in Conference USA ... Booked three-straight triple-digit rushing efforts (vs. Blazers, Midshipmen and Cougars) were the first by a Pirate since 2003 (Marvin Townes) ... Rushed for 1,049 yards on 200 carries (5.2 avg.) with seven touchdowns, becoming the 12th Pirate to rush for 1,000 yards in a season ... Also caught 26 passes for 229 yards (8.8 avg.) with one score ... Eight total TDs (7 rush, 1 pass) ranked second on the team with Shane Carden and behind Justin Hardy (11) ... Stood third on the squad in scoring with 50 points ... Recorded 41 plays (32 rush, 9 receiving) that netted 10 or more yards to top all players ... Was ECU's top rusher in 11 of the last 12 contests ... Accounted for three TDs and a successful two-point conversion vs. UAB ... Rushed for a season-high 172 yards and two scores against Blazers - the highest rushing total by a Pirate since 2009 (and 30th-highest single-game rushing performance in ECU history) ... Recorded more than 200 all-purpose yards in a pair of games (203/UTEP, 202/UAB) ... Ran for 151 yards on 23 carries and a score vs. UTEP ... Caught a season-best four passes for 52 yards out of the backfield against the Miners ... Ranked among the league leaders in rushing (7th/80.7 pg) and all-purpose yards (8th/98.3 pg) ... Sixty-one of 200 rushes and 11 of 26 receptions resulted in ECU first downs ... Had 11 plays go for 20-or more yards (8 rush, 3 receiving) ... Three of eight TDs went for 20-or more yards (UAB/30 receiving, UTEP/24 rush, UH/22 rush) ... Recorded career-long run of 39 yards vs. UTEP and career-long reception of 33 yards against Houston ... In addition to UAB, added second multi-scoring game in the season finale against Marshall (2 rush) ... Made Pirate debut in the season opener vs. Appalachian State, rushing for three yards and catching a pair of passes for 40 yards off the bench ... Turned in lowest rushing total as a starter with a 19-yard effort vs. UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Also was the recipient of the program's newcomer-of-the-year honor (at annual awards banquet).
Junior College: A two-year starter as an option quarterback for the Bears who capped career earning 2011 Second-Team All-National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors ... Also named to the All-Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) First Team as a running back and was selected as the MACJC South's Most Valuable Back after leading the league in rushing with 1,273 yards during final season ... Topped the MACJC in ground yards per contest at 141.4 ... Participated in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic and earned the game's most valuable player honors after accounting for 163 total yards and completing 10-of-12 passes for 117 yards ... Placed on the All-Region 23 First Team as a running back ... Rushed for 11 touchdowns during the campaign and completed 70-of-149 passes for 949 yards and 11 more scores ... Gained 2,222 yards of total offense as a sophomore, an average of 246.89 per contest ... In addition to offensive role, served as a punter during the year and had nine boots for 260 yards with a long of 48 ... In the season opener against Holmes, gained 376 yards on the ground in a 24-21 double-overtime victory ... Against No. 13 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns ... Gained 214 yards on the ground against Northwest Mississippi Community College and 140 against Jones County Junior College ... In the contest against Northwest, added 134 aerial yards on a 10-of-15 effort ... Experienced action in seven games as a freshman, rushing for 562 yards on 110 carries and throwing for 276 yards ... Completed 20-of-53 attempts during rookie year ... Scored five rushing touchdowns and tallied one through the air ... Also caught one pass for 13 yards ... Gained a season-high 156 ground yards against Jones County ... Surpassed the 100-yard milestone against Pearl River Community College (129) and Hinds Community College (110) ... Rushed for a pair of TDs against Northeast Mississippi Community College and Pearl River ... Punched in season's final ground score versus Hinds ... Program finished the year with a 4-5 record ... Played for head coach Charles Anthony.
High School: A four-year letterwinner at quarterback for Clinch (Ga.) County who earned Associated Press and Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Honorable Mention nods as a senior ... During final campaign, guided Clinch to a 10-4 overall record and the Region 1-A championship for the third time in four seasons ... Rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries while completing five-of-11 passes for 50 yards and a score to lift the Panthers to a 39-28 victory over Emanuel County Institute in the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class A State Championship ... Selected as The Valdosta Daily Times Player-of-the-Week following performance ... A week later in the state quarterfinals, had 213 yards of total offense (125/rush, 88/pass) with a pair of ground scores and two aerial TDs in a 35-27 win over Holy Innocents' to be tabbed as one of the PrepCountry.com's Terrific 12 of the GHSA playoffs ... Suffered a 20-14 setback to eventual champion Wilcox County in the state semifinals ... As a junior, passed for 1,618 yards and 15 touchdowns and was a Georgia Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention Class A All-State selection ... Lifted Clinch to the 1-A East Region crown with a perfect 4-0 record ... Panthers ended the campaign with a 9-3 mark after topping Twiggs County 44-19 in the opening round of the GHSA state playoffs ... During sophomore campaign, passed for 1,966 yards and 17 touchdowns to help Clinch reach the GHSA state semifinals, where it fell to Emanuel County Institute 35-14 ... In first season as a starter, helped guide Panthers to an 11-3 mark ... As a freshman, was a key contributor for a team that played for the GHSA state championship and fell to Lincoln County 21-14 ... Program finished the season with a 12-3 record and third championship appearance in five years ... Played for head coach Jim Dickerson.
Personal: Full name is Vintavious Lamar Cooper ... Nickname is Coop ... Born October 4, 1991 at Homerville, Ga. ... Father, A.C. Cooper, was regarded as the greatest prep athlete in Clinch County history after graduating from high school with six state championships (football, basketball, baseball) ... A.C. was named the 1988-89 Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Male Player-of-the-Year ... Major is communications ... Hobbies include video games.