Preston Cooper is a wiry and speedy running back for BC High. As a sophomore last season, Cooper proved to be a dynamic talent, often carrying the Eagles offensively (12 touchdowns) as they struggled through a 6-4 season -- a downer after claiming a Super Bowl title in 2008. This year, he's back to his old ways (5 touchdowns so far) leading the Eagles. Listed at 5-8, 170 pounds, he heads an attack for the 2-1 Eagles, ranked No. 5 by the Globe, as they get ready to take on No. 14 Falmouth in what will likely be a huge game for both teams and their seasons. I caught up with him this week to get five (or so) questions out of him.Q: You guys had a setback with the loss to Brockton, you're going into a game against Falmouth that's going to be pretty tough, what's the state of your team and what do you think you guys are going to do going forward? Preston Cooper: Well we have to be physical going in to Falmouth. They pulled up an upset on us last year. So yeah, we don't want that to happen again. So we'll need to be physical.
Q: I've seen you take snaps directly in a Wildcat style of offense, do you like doing that? And what are your favorite plays?
Cooper: Yeah, I like it al ot actually because it's quicker for us to get out to the outside. And we have speed. Our backs are fast. The Wildcat, pitches direct. Anything to get the ball to the outside.
Q: How would you describe your style of running?
Cooper: I can be a shake and bake kind of guy when it's needed. I can ... even though I'm small, I feel like I can run through linebackers when needed. Pretty much all raround.
Q: Who is your all-time favorite player and why?
Cooper: Walter Payton. He was a good running back. He played real well when he was in the biz. I mean, I like his running style.
Q: Did you watch him on film?
Cooper: Some on ESPN Classic.
Q:You're a junior now, what are your plans, if any, for after high school?
Cooper: Go to college. Try to play college. If not, settle down, be a lawyer or study something like that. Gotta always be ready to do something else.
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