“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.”