WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Winston-Salem State University running back, Nicholas Cooper, has signed a free agent deal with the NFL's Green Bay Packers.
Cooper rushed for 3,430 yards in his career at WSSU, the fourth-best mark in school history.
Last season Cooper was one of the top rushers in Division II as he helped the Rams to the CIAA title and to the Division II semifinals. The Rams finished a school-best 13-1 as Cooper rushed for 1,808 yards on 267 carries and scored 22 rushing touchdowns. It was the third-best season total for yards in school history. Cooper averaged 6.8 yards a carry and he also had 22 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield.
For his career Cooper scored 43 touchdowns, third best in school history behind Richard Huntley (60 touchdowns) and Oronde Gadsden (44).
Green Bay has plans to turn Cooper into a fullback where he could possible back up John Kuhn, a veteran who has seven years of experience. Kuhn is also a former Division II player who starred at Shippensburg (Pa.).