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54 Jon Copper
Jon  Copper


Roanoke, Va.

High School:
Northside H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 232



HONORS: 2006--Received the Speed Elliott Award as the team's most improved player. 2005--Received the Rock Weir Most Improved Player Award along with Brad Butler for the spring practice period.

AT VIRGINIA: 2006-Had outstanding sophomore campaign after originally joining the team as a walk-on ... started all 12 games and led the defense with a total of 785 snaps ... finished first on the team with 81 tackles which ranked 13th among all ACC players ... tied for second on the team with nine TFL ... his four QB sacks also ranked second on the defense ... had at least six tackles in 10 of 12 games ... most productive day was 11 tackles (eight solo) vs. Wyoming, including three for lost yardage ... had two sacks vs. Duke ... recorded his first sack in Wyoming game ... presented UVa's Speed Elliot Award as the team's most improved player ... proposed to his girlfriend, Holly Dixon, the Thursday night before UVa's 14-7 win against NC State (she accepted!) ... earned his second letter. 2005- One of the hardest workers on the team ... rugged player who excels on specials teams ...made 10 tackles, with six coming on special teams ...made his first tackle in kickoff coverage in the season opener against Western Michigan ...had special teams tackles vs. Maryland, Boston College and Florida State ... saw his first action at linebacker in a win over Temple and made two tackles tackle against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech ...saw extensive action at linebacker against Minnesota in the Music City Bowl and finished with two tackles ... earned his first letter. 2004--Walk-on who did not appear in a game, but was in uniform for all six home games and the MPC Computers Bowl ... red-shirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Fork Union Military Academy in 2003 where he played for coach John Shuman ... led the team in tackles with 74 solos and 64 assists ... captained the team ... recipient of the R.L. Pulliam Award ... rated the No. 43 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times at Northside HS in 2002 for coach Jim Hickam ... first-team All-Blue Ridge District ... first-team All-Region III honoree ... named to the Roanoke Times All-Timesland first-team on offense and defense ... as a junior was named the Northside Linebacker of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year ... team co-captain ... selected to play in the VHSL All-Star game ... also a three-year letterwinner in wrestling at Northside ... won four tournaments as a senior ... named team MVP ... earned first-team Roanoke Times All-Timesland Heavyweight ... holds four Virginia state powerlifting records ... also holds three International Powerlifting Association world records ... National Honor Society member.

PERSONAL: Jon Stephen Copper ... born 9-8-84 in Roanoke, Va. ... son of Nancy and Jeff Copper ... has an older brother, Joel, a younger brother, Jordan, and a younger sister, Mary Jean ... involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life ... took a mission's trip to a Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota ... attended the NFL Twins camp of former Cavaliers Tiki and Ronde Barber ... servant leadership team with Athletes in Action at UVa ... religious studies major.

Copper Defensively

2005 12 132 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 12 785 39 42 81 9-36 4-26 0 0 1 0 3 0
Career 24 917 44 47 91 9-36 4-26 0 0 1 0 3 0


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