Shaq Cooper is the rising star running back that most CFL fans never heard of. Cooper is from a small school in Fort Hays State and at 5’ 10" 190 pounds is not an imposing figure. Yet, he is a slashing speed back that is a home run threat every time he touches the ball, either as a carrier or as a receiver. He is both elusive and explosive getting to the second level quickly.
Tonight against the Als, Cooper should explode on the scene. Some will say he is Shakir Bell 2.0, but although Bell is actually faster he is also smaller at 5’ 6" 180 pounds and seemingly less durable. Montreal gives up about 5 yards per carry and the Esks about 5.5 yards per carry. Can Cooper out dual Sutton tonight? In a word, yes.
One should fully expect Cooper to bounce it outside unlike Gable who is more a straight ahead power runner. If the Als attack the gaps, Cooper is going to use his speed to get outside and then throw it into another gear for big gains spreading the defense wide.
Looking forward to watch Shaq Cooper open some eyes tonight.
Will the Esks go back to Gable, of course they will, but Cooper will give the offense a different look and will make the Als adjust to his running style.