MOBILE, Ala. – While the whole world seems to be focused on what quarterback Tim Tebow is doing this week at the Senior Bowl, his former Florida roommate is quietly doing some impressive things of his own in front of the hundreds of coaches and scouts present.
Riley Cooper has been the most consistent wide receiver on the South team. He had another good day Thursday, catching numerous passes, including one that went for a touchdown in seven-on-seven.
“This has been a great experience, a great learning experience,” he said. “I’m just out there being Riley. I’m playing physical, I’m playing tough, and I’m catching passes. It feels good.”
Cooper has been the master of the one-handed catch this week. He’s made several, including two in Wednesday’s practice.
Cooper said he’s not sure how he’s been perceived by the coaches and scouts, but he’s happy with what he’s done so far.
“I’m honored to be here, and it’s a blast,” he said. “I’m just out there trying to do what I do. I feel it’s going to help me. It’s going to let the NFL know I’m fully committed to football.”
Cooper and Tebow hooked up for one of the offensive highlights Thursday, a 25-yard bullet from Tebow to Cooper on the first play of the two-minute drill.
Tebow had his best day so far, especially throwing the football. His passes were crisp and accurate for the most part and he appears much more in command of the offense than he did earlier in the week.
“I’m feeling much more comfortable with the offense and the receivers,” Tebow said.
Tebow and Cooper are pretty much done as far as practice goes. The two teams will have walk-throughs Friday. Tebow and Cooper both said they’re excited about the opportunity to play in Saturday’s game.