Cedrick Cooper out with ACL tear

December 20, 2012 

Linebacker Cedrick Cooper moves quickly to intercept the ball during drills. The USC football team practice Thursday morning on the practice field on Bluff Rd.

KIM KIM FOSTER-TOBIN — kkfoster@thestate.com

Redshirt freshman linebacker Cedrick Cooper is out indefinitely with a torn ACL, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said.

Cooper left Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury.

He played in 11 games this season, mostly on special teams. He had one tackle but was expected to be in the running for a starting job next year after the Gamecocks’ four senior linebackers depart.

He could be ready for the 2013 season after a full rehabilitation.

Cooper is from Lithonia, Ga.

- Chris Dearing

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