Childhood friends find success on field

Updated: July 22, 2009, 12:11 PM ET
By Chris Lawlor | ESPNRISE.com

Kyle Prater knows better. His best friend, Corey Cooper, might be one laid-back dude, but on game day, well, that's when the easy-going, composed demeanor evaporates.

That's when Cooper's on-field persona emerges, the one that belies his infectious smile and mild-mannered nature.

Once Cooper buckles his chin strap, "He becomes a different person; that's when the dog comes out," said Prater, of Proviso West (Hillside, Ill.).

Cooper on the field is ...

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