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June 19, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Cooper Jr. said it's a "cool coincidence" that his father kicked for the Temple football team. But the younger Cooper, a senior at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, Atlantic County, said that's not the reason he has made a commitment to kick for the Owls, too. "My dad could have gone to USC or Florida or Alabama and I still would be going to Temple," said Cooper, who made an oral commitment to Temple on Saturday. "I know it's where I want to be. " Cooper was an all-South Jersey kicker last season.
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January 20, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Even among national college football powers, the most underrecruited positions are usually kicker and punter. Teams have been known to recruit seven offensive linemen and then make a kicker earn a scholarship after walking on. That's what makes the situation of Mainland senior Jim Cooper more impressive. Cooper, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection who owns the state record with 31 career field goals, has known his destination since June, when he accepted a scholarship to attend Temple.
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April 2, 1994 | By Jodi Enda and Mary Otto, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
As he stood in his white graduation outfit before Mizz Williams' Rainbow Kindergarten class more than 30 years ago, the boy then called "Jamie" Cooper made an everlasting impression. "He said he liked handiwork - paint, crayons and clay," recalls Lytle Landers, whose son was in the same class, "and he wanted to be governor. " It never came to pass. Instead, Jim Cooper - they call him Jim these days - has set out to change your life. He ended up in Washington rather than Nashville, and has come up with a plan to reform America's health-care system, a plan that has been grabbing a serious share of the attention from the one devised by his big-name competition - Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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October 27, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Robert Ennis rushed for three touchdowns and eclipsed a school record Friday night as Millville rolled at Oakcrest, 40-29, in a Cape-Atlantic American Division football game. The sophomore running back finished with 302 yards, which set the school's mark for yardage in a single game. Ennis put the Thunderbolts on the board with a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter and wouldn't score again until after halftime. He ripped off a pair of 50-yard touchdown sprints, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth.
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June 21, 2012
Montour High offensive lineman Matt Barone decommitted from Connecticut Monday night and is now on board with Temple. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Barone became the fourth player in the Class of 2013 to orally commit to the Owls. The rising senior follows in the footsteps of Montour teammate Tyler Haddock. Haddock, a defensive tackle, gave an oral commitment to Temple last week after decommitting from Kent State. Haddock couldn't contain his excitement Tuesday. "He's my best friend and it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to make a college legacy with him," Haddock said of playing at Temple with Barone.
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February 7, 2013 | BY KIMBERLY SLAVEN, Daily News Staff Writer slavenk@phillynews.com
JIM COOPER JR., a 6-1, 205-pound senior from Mainland Regional High in Linwood, N.J., has gracefully followed in his father's footsteps by committing to Temple as the Owls' next kicker. Coincidence? Cooper Jr. says it is. "My dad had a big impact on me getting into football in general, but as far as actually committing to Temple, no. He was fine with me going anywhere," Cooper said. "Wherever I wanted to go, he would have supported me. " Jim Cooper Sr. also attended Mainland Regional and was Temple's kicker from 1984 to '87 under then-coach Bruce Arians.
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September 2, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Temple quarterback Connor Reilly threw the ball 46 times Saturday, a stark departure from the old Owls offense that was extremely weighted in favor of the run. Reilly led the Owls in rushing with 65 yards on 12 carries. Freshman Zaire Williams was the second-most productive Owl in the ground game, finishing with 33 yards on seven carries. Williams' longest run was for 16 yards. Williams said that if the Owls are looking to give him more carries, he's willing and able to handle the load.
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September 16, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing that appears to be settled now is who Temple's quarterback will be for the rest of the season. Connor Reilly, playing on a bruised right knee that limited him in practice last week, was forced into action late in Temple's 30-29 loss to Fordham and led three scoring drives. "Once we put Connor in there it changed," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "If there is any question whether he is our leader or not, he is our quarterback. He'll take this time to get healthy and he'll come back.
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October 29, 1986 | By Herm L. Rogul, Special to The Inquirer
Jim Cooper thinks he has some placekicks coming - in pro football, if not for Temple University. "I want to know 10 years from now that I tried," said Cooper, a senior from Mainland High. "I'm going to try to get a pro free-agent tryout. I've been in the weight room, leg-lifting a lot, and I'm running a lot. " The reason Cooper is looking toward a pro career is his disappearing Temple career. Cooper has kept newspaper clippings about and tapes of the last-minute field goals he kicked to beat Pitt and West Virginia in 1984, but he doesn't look at them.
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August 13, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple coach Matt Rhule believes that instilling confidence in his players is part of his job description, and he uses the term significantly more often when discussing his kickers. That's understandable, because after a season in which they made just three field goals - two in the final game - the Owls must make an abrupt about-face in that department in 2014. Jim Cooper became the poster boy for all that ailed the Owls' kicking game in 2013. Cooper, a 2013 participant in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, won the job in camp last summer to replace Temple's all-time leading scorer, Brandon McManus.
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September 16, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing that appears to be settled now is who Temple's quarterback will be for the rest of the season. Connor Reilly, playing on a bruised right knee that limited him in practice last week, was forced into action late in Temple's 30-29 loss to Fordham and led three scoring drives. "Once we put Connor in there it changed," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "If there is any question whether he is our leader or not, he is our quarterback. He'll take this time to get healthy and he'll come back.
SPORTS
September 2, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Temple quarterback Connor Reilly threw the ball 46 times Saturday, a stark departure from the old Owls offense that was extremely weighted in favor of the run. Reilly led the Owls in rushing with 65 yards on 12 carries. Freshman Zaire Williams was the second-most productive Owl in the ground game, finishing with 33 yards on seven carries. Williams' longest run was for 16 yards. Williams said that if the Owls are looking to give him more carries, he's willing and able to handle the load.
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September 2, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Before Temple opened the season at Notre Dame on Saturday, much of the conversation was about overcoming the awe that goes with playing in a legendary venue. But by the end of their 28-6 loss to the Fighting Irish in sold-out (80,795) Notre Dame Stadium, the Owls (0-1) were talking about the things they could have done that cost them dearly against 14th-ranked Notre Dame. "Obviously we played against a good football team," Temple coach Matt Rhule said after his debut as a head coach.
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February 7, 2013 | BY KIMBERLY SLAVEN, Daily News Staff Writer slavenk@phillynews.com
JIM COOPER JR., a 6-1, 205-pound senior from Mainland Regional High in Linwood, N.J., has gracefully followed in his father's footsteps by committing to Temple as the Owls' next kicker. Coincidence? Cooper Jr. says it is. "My dad had a big impact on me getting into football in general, but as far as actually committing to Temple, no. He was fine with me going anywhere," Cooper said. "Wherever I wanted to go, he would have supported me. " Jim Cooper Sr. also attended Mainland Regional and was Temple's kicker from 1984 to '87 under then-coach Bruce Arians.
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January 20, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even among national college football powers, the most underrecruited positions are usually kicker and punter. Teams have been known to recruit seven offensive linemen and then make a kicker earn a scholarship after walking on. That's what makes the situation of Mainland senior Jim Cooper more impressive. Cooper, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection who owns the state record with 31 career field goals, has known his destination since June, when he accepted a scholarship to attend Temple.
SPORTS
January 20, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Even among national college football powers, the most underrecruited positions are usually kicker and punter. Teams have been known to recruit seven offensive linemen and then make a kicker earn a scholarship after walking on. That's what makes the situation of Mainland senior Jim Cooper more impressive. Cooper, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection who owns the state record with 31 career field goals, has known his destination since June, when he accepted a scholarship to attend Temple.
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October 27, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Robert Ennis rushed for three touchdowns and eclipsed a school record Friday night as Millville rolled at Oakcrest, 40-29, in a Cape-Atlantic American Division football game. The sophomore running back finished with 302 yards, which set the school's mark for yardage in a single game. Ennis put the Thunderbolts on the board with a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter and wouldn't score again until after halftime. He ripped off a pair of 50-yard touchdown sprints, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth.
SPORTS
June 21, 2012
Montour High offensive lineman Matt Barone decommitted from Connecticut Monday night and is now on board with Temple. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Barone became the fourth player in the Class of 2013 to orally commit to the Owls. The rising senior follows in the footsteps of Montour teammate Tyler Haddock. Haddock, a defensive tackle, gave an oral commitment to Temple last week after decommitting from Kent State. Haddock couldn't contain his excitement Tuesday. "He's my best friend and it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to make a college legacy with him," Haddock said of playing at Temple with Barone.
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June 19, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Cooper Jr. said it's a "cool coincidence" that his father kicked for the Temple football team. But the younger Cooper, a senior at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, Atlantic County, said that's not the reason he has made a commitment to kick for the Owls, too. "My dad could have gone to USC or Florida or Alabama and I still would be going to Temple," said Cooper, who made an oral commitment to Temple on Saturday. "I know it's where I want to be. " Cooper was an all-South Jersey kicker last season.
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