You never want to have one of your key players get hurt during training camp, but preseason injuries affect even the best college football teams.
Ohio State is expecting big things from senior defensive end Jonathon Cooper this season, so much so that Cooper was recently named one of the team’s captains.
However, the 6-foot-4, 257-pound veteran is reportedly dealing with what looks to be a high-ankle sprain, according to Lettermen Row’s Tim May. May adds that Cooper “might have undergone” a procedure to help facilitate healing.
It’s unclear if this injury will cost Cooper any games. Ohio State opens up a week from Saturday.
Hearing @OhioStateFB DE and newly elected captain @JonathonCooper7 dealing with lower leg ailment – probably "high ankle" sprain – and might have undergone procedure to enhance healing. OSU has not confirmed. I have not heard that he necessarily will miss game(s) because of it.
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 20, 2019
As a first-time starter last season, Cooper set career-highs in total tackles (25), tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (2.5). His production is expected to increase this fall as he takes on an even bigger role.
For his career, Cooper has 46 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks in 33 games.
It will be worth monitoring his health moving forward before OSU’s first game on August 31.