Deontae Cooper’s father has made the drive from southern California to Seattle each of the past three years to support his son at the start of another college football season.
Last week, Willie Cooper made the trip and finally got to see his son in a game for the Huskies.
“For the first time, he could actually come up here and watch me play, rather than come up here and take care of me after surgery,” said Deontae Cooper, UW’s redshirt junior running back. “… It was definitely a blessing.”
After three major knee injuries in three years, Deontae completed his comeback against Boise State on Saturday during the reopening of Husky Stadium. Appearing in a game for the first time at UW, he had six carries for eight yards in the Huskies’ 38-6 victory.
“It was special, man. It was special,” he said. “The excitement that fans had, teammates, coaches had for me to get out there and play, it was special.”
After his first live game action since his senior year of high school in 2009, Cooper said he was “a little sore” on Sunday.
“Not too bad,” he said. “Six carries, eight yards — definitely room for improvement. But that’s why we come out here and continue to get better.”