4 Justin Cowper
4 Justin Cowper
City: Opelika
State: AL
Height: 5'10
Weight: 170
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Opelika, Ala.
High School: Opelika HS
Position: DB


2009: Played in all ten games, starting each time … an honorable mention All-MIAA selection … was third on the team in tackles with 72, including 47 solo stops and 25 assisted … added 5.5 tackles for a loss of 20 yards, a sack, two interceptions, eight pass break ups and two quarterback hurries … had a career-high 12 tackles against Truman State that saw him add two TFL’s and three pass break ups … picked off two passes against Emporia State en route to helping the Lions pick off six passes in the game as a team.

In 2008: Was a disruptive force in the Lions’ defensive backfield last season, with a team-high two and a half sacks and eight tackles for loss that earned him an All-MIAA Honorable-Mention selection for the second straight season … recorded 11 tackles in the Lions’ week five win at Emporia State, including four behind the line … tied for the team-lead with seven pass breakups … finished fourth on team with 56 tackles and 31 solo stops … also came through with an interception in the Lions’ shutout win at Fort Hays State in week seven.

In 2007: Tied a season record with most interceptions in a game with two at Central Missouri … helped anchor a young defensive backfield as a freshmen finishing with 33 tackles … earned Honorable Mention All-MIAA honors from his spot in the Lions secondary … recorded three interceptions for the Lions … also helped return kicks averaging 10 yards a return.

In 2006:  Saw action in two games … finished the season with three solo tackles.

In high school: All-area selection in 2004 and 2005, this Missouri Southern recruit was named special teams player of the year after blocking four kicks during the 2005 season ... had one interception on defense ... like prep teammate Corderial Carter, helped the Bulldogs win regional championships in 2003 and 2005 ... competed on relay teams in track.

Personal: Major is industrial engineering … born June 22, 1988 … son of Greg Cowper and Muriel Oliver … Favorite Video Game: NFL Madden … Favorite Actor … Denzel Washington.