Some honors came down the pike over the past few days for Charlotte 49ers defensive back Des Cooper and linebacker Mark Hogan.
Josh Buchanan came out with his list of the top players in FCS (posted on Phil Steele’s college football site), and both players were named All-Independent first team selections on defense. Granted, there are only six independent teams in FCS, but for a team that hasn’t played a down yet, it’s still good to see a couple of players get a little recognition from a well-known site like Phil Steele’s.
Cooper, a transfer from Wake Forest, made four tackles in his redshirt freshmen season in 2011. A little over a year after his former defensive coordinator at Wake, Brad Lambert, took the job here at Charlotte, Cooper transferred to play for the Niners. Hogan will spend his final year of eligibility in the Queen City after a standout tenure at another upstart, Georgia State; he was part of the Eagles’ inaugural team in 2010. In Atlanta, he racked up 157 tackles over three seasons, and will have the chance to play in front of his parents, who live right down the road in Matthews.
(h/t to the Countdown to Charlotte 49ers Football page on Facebook for posting the article)