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Husky Football Blog

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March 5, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Marquis Cooper’s vigil

Seattle Times reporter Danny O’Neil attended Thursday’s vigil for Marquis Cooper. Cooper’s purple jersey, No. 88, on a hanger in front of the podium. The vigil was presided over by Gregg Alex, the team chaplain.
“This is not a memorial service, but a vigil,” Alex said.
Former teammates that were present were Anthony Kelley, Pat Conniff, Zach Tuiasosopo, Kyle Benn, Spencer Marona, Greg Carothers, Omare Lowe and Braxton Cleman.
Carothers — who was part of the same recruiting class as Cooper — spoke followed by Kelley and Cleman. The vigil was attended by a number of current Huskies players and coach Steve Sarkisian.
“He was not your typical football player,” Carothers said.
Certainly not. He was the kind of guy who would spend $300 on tropical fish while on a football scholarship.
“It made no sense to me,” Carothers said, smiling.
Kelley recalled how Cooper was so good-natured he didn’t quite fit the mold of a defensive player.
“We were a kind of dysfunctional bunch,” Kelley said. “We were controlled chaos.”
You needed a thick skin to be in that locker room, Kelley said, because the defensive players would make fun of everyone. He remembers making fun of Cooper’s ears, and Marquis would just smile.
“He didn’t even know how to talk trash, that’s how nice a guy he was,” Kelley said.
All the players expressed the hope that he would be found, recalled Cooper’s affection for fishing.
Alex asked all those who attended the vigil sign two hard-cover coffee table books on Husky tradition, one for Cooper’s parents Bruce and Donna and one for his wife Rebekah and daughter Delaney.

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