Fort Hays State University junior running back Shaquille Cooper decided to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to pursue professional football, the Hays Daily News confirmed Thursday night.
Cooper closed out his final collegiate season in strong fashion, finishing Saturday’s Heart of Texas bowl victory with 146 rushing yards on just 11 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown. He also caught two passes for 66 yards and another score.
The Florida native closed the year with 971 yards on 164 carries, good for a 5.9 average, with six rushing touchdowns. He also hauled in five touchdown passes and finished the year with 420 yards on 34 catches and averaged better than 25 yards on five kick returns.
As a sophomore, Cooper carried 245 times for 1,441 yards and nine scores. He added five receiving touchdowns as a junior with more than 300 yards.
Cooper has not yet determined where he will prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft.