How reliant is South Carolina on Pharoh Cooper?

Cooper is the obvious focal point of USC's passing attack
Mark Zerof

When looking at the statistics, it’s startling as to how much South Carolina truly relies on receiver Pharoh Cooper. 

To be fair, the North Carolina native is one of the most dynamic and versatile pass-catchers in the conference. Cooper can virtually line up at every receiver position, and can even take some snaps in the backfield. Toughness is also not a question when it comes to the junior. 

This year, Cooper is targeted on 35-percent of all South Carolina throws. Cooper unsurprisingly leads the team in catches (40), receiving yards (587), and touchdown receptions (4).

The receiver literally has accounted for 40-percent of the total amount of catches on the team. Matrick Belton has the second-most amount of grabs from within the receiver group, with six. For good measure, Cooper also ranks third in the conference in receiving yards and second in catches. 

Outside of perhaps Georgia running back Nick Chubb, one would be hard-pressed to find a player more valuable to their individual team than Cooper is to South Carolina.