Name: Cooper Nelson
School: Sun Prairie High School
Football Honors: Three-year varsity starter for coach Brian Kaminski and the Cardinals ... First-team all-Big Eight Conference wide receiver as a junior and senior ... Big Eight Conference wide receiver of the year in 2017 and 2018 ... First-team all-region selection as a junior and senior ... First-team all-state selection by the Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior ... Finalist for the Wisconsin Sports Network's Al Toon Award ... Selected to participate in the WFCA All-Star game in the summer of 2019.
Basketball Honors: Three-year varsity performer for coach Jeff Boos ... Voted Most Improved player on the Sun Prairie squad as a junior ... Member of back-to-back Big Eight Conference and WIAA Division 1 sectional championship teams.
Baseball Honors: Member of the 2017 Sun Prairie squad that finished second in the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament.
Track & Field: Member of the Cardinals track and field squad as a junior and senior.
Favorite Sport: "Football is my favorite sport because I like the combination of athleticism and physicality. You can't beat Friday Night Lights."
Best Part of High School Sports: "Getting to play with, and against, some of your best friends."
Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The time you have competing for your school and your teammates files by, enjoy the moment."
Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "The 2017 state football game, winning multiple Big Eight titles (3 in football, 2 in basketball), making Division 1 state appearances in three consecutive sports seasons (baseball, football, basketball).
Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "It keeps me active and always competing. I have had the chance to get to know multiple teammates and opponents."
Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "Finding enough time to complete all my homework, getting enough rest and hanging out with my friends."
Favorite Opponent: Middleton (football), Madison East (basketball)
Favorite Professional Teams: Packers, Bucks, Brewers
Favorite Professional Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Cumulative GPA: 3.5
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against: "In basketball, it would be Storm Murphy of Middleton. In football, it would be Sun Prairie teammate Kadon Kauppinen."
Most Admired High School Teammate: "Caden White. He is a year older than me, but he showed me what hard work, determination and leadership should look like."
College Plans: "I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin and join the Badger football team."
Activities Outside of Sports: Member of Athletes Committed and Honor Roll, DECA, Cardinal Leadership Team, volunteer at Sunshine Supper, volunteer with youth football camps.
I Find it Relaxing to: "Go fishing with my uncle, Tim."
Favorite TV show: The Office
Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
Favorite Musical Artists: Migos or Travis Scott
Favorite Subject: Human Anatomy
Favorite Restaurant: Salvatores in Sun Prairie
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