Corey Cooper led Nebraska in both solo and total tackles in 2013. He had more solo tackles and more total tackles per game than Damion Stafford did as an all-conference first team player in 2012. What other player is so overlooked going into their senior year?
Cooper also topped Stafford in tackles for losses. Compare Cooper to Stafford as a junior and the advantage is even greater.
The coaches from other conference schools took notice which is why Cooper was named honorable mention all-conference in a very strong season for defensive backs.
If he doesn't get more credit, it might be because he hasn't filled up the box score with a lot of breakups or interceptions...yet. The junior year of prior all-conference safeties like Larry Asante were fairly modest as well.
Cooper has a chance to become the best safety of this Pelini era (it's unlikely anyone will ever match the 10 interceptions Josh Bullocks had in 2003). Yet you don't hear his name come up a lot. He might be the most underappreciated player on the team.