Sports601 Hattiesburg Player of the Week: Hunter Cooley
by Zac Chamblee
Aug 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior FCAHS linebacker Hunter Cooley (7) will be a key part of the Aggie defense throughout the rest of the 2017 season. (Photo by Zac Chamblee)
Senior FCAHS linebacker Hunter Cooley (7) will be a key part of the Aggie defense throughout the rest of the 2017 season. (Photo by Zac Chamblee)
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Ever since his varsity debut in 2015, Hunter Cooley has been a tackling machine for Forrest County AHS. In that span, the standout linebacker has registered a team-high 224 total tackles, 16 of which came in the Aggies’ 46-33 season-opening win last week against Vancleave. Cooley added 3 tackles for loss, and for his efforts, he has been named our Sports601 Hattiesburg Player of the Week.

“It felt great to be back out there,” Cooley said of the win. “I’m not going to lie, I missed it.”

Cooley’s journey to his senior season with the Aggies has been an interesting one, especially because of how last season ended for him. In the team’s season-ending loss in the playoffs to East Central, Cooley was taken away in ambulance with a serious hip injury.

“I got hit and it tore some ligaments in my hip,” Cooley said. “I thought I was done. I thought I was done with football.”

Flash forward about nine months later to now, and Cooley appears to be back to his old, dominant self. He’s impressed first-year head coach Jeff Stockstill a ton in the brief time they’ve been around one another.

“Hunter has a motor that runs wide-open every snap,” Stockstill explained. “He’s a good ballplayer that plays with a lot of aggression and really hard. Other guys kind of feed off the way he plays. That helps out our defense a lot.”

From his sophomore year to now, Cooley admits he’s improved in just about every aspect of the game.

“I’ve improved on my speed, my agility and my stamina, of course,” Cooley said. “How hard I can hit and all sorts of stuff.”

The No. 1 improvement has to be his health and for that, he’s eternally grateful.

“I’m back now. Healthy, strong and ready,” Cooley concluded. “It’s a blessing.”
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Delena wilbur
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August 21, 2017
Way to go Hunter nobody deserves this more keep up the great work. We are so very proad of you.