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Cooper playing big at small school

Updated: August 17, 2009, 11:05 AM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNRISE.com

ARP, Texas -- Lavocheya Cooper said his grandmother came up with his name -- pronounced La-VAH-chee-ay -- but isn't sure how.

Apparently, it means one who can star at free safety, running back and returner as well as start on a basketball playoff team and medal at the state track meet. You name it, he does it for the Class 2A Arp (Texas) Tigers.

Cooper has also become a one-man statement for all the small schools across Texas. He was named as a utility player ...

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