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Wyoming freshman safety Jerome Cooper enters transfer portal
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Wyoming freshman safety Jerome Cooper enters transfer portal

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LARAMIE — Another Wyoming football player is exploring his options outside of the program.

Safety Jerome Cooper has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to 247Sports’ portal tracker. A team spokesman confirmed the news Friday.

Cooper redshirted last season after signing with UW as part of its 2019 recruiting class. The 6-foot, 175-pounder played his high school ball at Locke College Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles. Cooper caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the 2018 CIF L.A. City Section Division II championship to help lead Locke to the program’s first football championship.

Cooper is the second known UW player to enter the portal in a little more than a month (Isaiah Abdullah) and the fourth known player to do so since the end of last season. While quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (Idaho State) and defensive lineman Javaree Jackson (dismissal) have already left the program, undecided players have the option of withdrawing their name from the portal and returning to their current school if the move is mutually agreed upon.

Another UW player, punter Tim Zaleski, publicly announced his decision to give up football earlier this offseason because of injuries.

Cooper is one of 10 safeties listed on UW’s official roster. The starting job at strong safety is up for grabs with Alijah Halliburton, the Mountain West’s leading tackler last season, having exhausted his eligibility. Redshirt sophomore Rome Weber started all but one game at free safety last season.

Follow UW athletics beat writer Davis Potter on Twitter at @DavisEPotter.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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