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March 2, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Neuheisel, Carothers, Hauck share thoughts on Cooper

Former Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel, assistant Bobby Hauck and player Greg Carothers each shared some thoughts with the Seattle Times today about Marquis Cooper, who remains missing after a fishing trip in Florida over the weekend.
First, here is the latest on the search for Cooper from The Associated Press, and keep checking back to our Web site as we are continuing to update the story as new information comes in.
Next, here are some thoughts from Neuheisel, who recruited Cooper to UW and coached him from 2000-2002.
“Very, very gracious young man,” Neuheisel said. “Kind of soft spoken. Great athlete. Great mother and father. He was one of those great young men to recruit because it was clear the family was hugely involved in his life.
“Marquis’ smile could light up a room. I know it sounds cliche, but it was true. He was
always in a good mood.”
Carothers played alongside Cooper on the UW defense for the same four seasons, from 2000 to 2003, each coming in as true freshmen and playing key roles on the team that won the Rose Bowl.
“From my end, fishing has been a huge part of his life,” Carothers said. “Obviously, fishing is a big deal. It really always has been. Fish tanks all over his room. I visited him in Tampa. It has been pretty important to him. … Saltwater fish. I think he probably had three or four large tanks, 100-some gallon tanks.”
Carothers described Cooper as “definitely, just a nice talkative guy. Energetic, funny guy.”
Hauck was an assistant at UW during the Neuheisel years, and the team’s recruiting coordinator during that time helping persuade Cooper to become a Husky.
“He was a great kid,” Hauck said. “One of those guys you want on your football because he looks the part. One play I’ll always remember is he blocked a punt down at Arizona State (in 2000) to win the game for us. When I had a chance to coach him, he was always a great kid.”
All said they are obviously holding out hope for the best.

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