South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper eager to build off breakout season

South Carolina junior Pharoh Cooper is his team's top returning receiver and top returning passer from last season, as well as the third-leading returning rusher.

South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper was not the best receiver last season in the Southeastern Conference.

He wasn't even the best receiver in the league with the last name Cooper. Yet the 5-foot-11, 207-pounder from Havelock, N.C., had a year to remember, and he plans to wreak havoc this season as a junior who is certain to be the focus of every opposing defense.

"I wasn't expecting to come in and have a 1,000-yard season and be the second-leading receiver in the SEC," Cooper said at SEC Media Days. "I knew who (former Alabama receiver) Amari Cooper was and saw all his headlines and stats. I was fine with the year I had, and I'm going to try and have a better year this year."