Former SOU player shines in AFL2 debut

Former Southern Oregon University defensive lineman Willis Cooley has joined the Laredo Lobos of the Arena Football League 2.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder, who completed his Raider career last fall, is from Gig Harbor, Wash.

Based in Texas, the Lobos are in their inaugural season and are 1-9. The team's only win came this past weekend, 66-41 over the Texas Copperheads.

Cooley made his debut and had a handful of quarterback hurries, one tackle and an interception.

Last season, Cooley was seventh on the Raiders with 34 tackles, including 15 solo tackles. He also ranked second with two sacks for a total loss of 8 yards. He also recorded a pass breakup as well as a quarterback hurry.

Cooley is one of three Raiders from the 2006 season to continue their football careers: Gabe Hatchett is with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, and Kellan Quick has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

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