Derby linebacker also excels at punting


DERBY, Kansas (KSNW) – In 6A football, Derby’s Braeden Cooper is having one of the best seasons in local prep history at the punter position.

Cooper, who also plays linebacker entered October averaging 42 yards per kick. That put him on pace to shatter a 31-year old Derby High School record in punting average.

Cooper also uncorked a pair of 60 yard punts in the first four weeks of the season. When it comes to his preference between punting and playing defense, he told KSN, “I like being a linebacker more, but I probably like punting just as much.”

Derby QB Daniel Dawdy says, “It’s a tremendous asset to have somebody be able to flip the field like he can.”

Derby head coach Brandon Clark says, “Field position is huge and having Braeden back there, you know he’s done a great job of pinning it inside the 20, we’ve had some touch backs, but a lot of those touch backs have been about 60 yard punts.” Clark added, “Braeden’s one of our leaders on defense he’s probably statistically one of our best linebackers, he’s done a great job.”