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Zac Cooper

Despite growing up less than 40 miles from Pittsburgh, senior linebacker Zac Cooper never let his close proximately to the universities of the Steel City affect his loyalty to his home state. The Weirton, W.Va. native never wavered in his support of his home state -- although some of his friends did.

"I'm closer to Pittsburgh than I am to Morgantown," said Cooper of his hometown, "but, I was never a Pitt fan growing up. I was never even a Steelers fan growing up. All of my best friends growing up were Steelers fans and they were annoying. My brother went here so the first Backyard Brawl I went to set me in stone for the way that I feel now. I'm sure the feeling is mutual between us...

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