Winnipeg, Manitoba – Former Dean College football student-athlete Tyneil Cooper who signed a contract to play professional football for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League back in April, has been moved to the active roster it was announced recently by the team.
Cooper who spent the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season on the team's practice squad, was added to the active roster in time for their week three game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – a contest the Blue Bombers lost, 33-10 last week.
"This is a blessing and a great opportunity for me," Cooper told Dixie State Athletics, when he signed back in April. "Obviously, the end goal is to play in the NFL, but right now this gives me a great chance to grow more as a professional athlete and to continue to play football at a high level."
During his one season in Franklin (2014), Cooper played in four contests with the Bulldogs, recording seven tackles as Dean finished the season 6-4.
Cooper eventually found his way to Dixie State University, an NCAA Division II institution in Saint George, Utah and with the Trailblazers for two seasons, he was a two-time all-conference selection with 61 tackles and 17 pass breakups.
So far with the Blue Bombers, Cooper has played in just one contest but recorded a pair of tackles against Hamilton on June 29.
He is expected to be in the lineup on Saturday when Winnipeg hosts the British Columbia Lions.