I’m just focused on the state title right now, nothing else. —Brayden Cosper
Bingham High wide receiver Brayden Cosper is excited for Friday. In his senior season, Cosper will try and help the Miners win their second straight state football championship, and do it against another of the premier football programs in the state — East.
“I’m really excited. It’s obviously the biggest opportunity for us and we’re all really excited that we’ve come this far and that we’ve worked this hard,” Cosper said.
For Cosper, who had been playing football since he was 8 years old, a win on Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium would send him and the Miners' senior class out the right way and cement their legacy in school lore. Cosper played in his first varsity game in 2015, as a sophomore. He had three receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns and has had a reception in every game that he’s played since. He had four receptions and a touchdown in the 2015 semifinal game against Lone Peak, and he says that loss has motivated him and his team.
“It definitely motivated us for 2016, that was our whole emphasis — the revenge tour. This year, not as many guys were part of that 2015 team, but we definitely don’t want to feel like that again, and some of us know how that feels,” Cosper said.
When Lone Peak and Bingham faced off again in 2016 for the state championship, Cosper caught a 22-yard pass from quarterback Matt Degn that put the Miners on the board. Bingham hasn’t lost since 2015, and Copser wants to keep it that way.
“We honestly have terrific coaching and that helps a lot. I think that leadership plays a big role, those guys that were there (in 2015) are now leaders on this team, and it helps us,” Cosper said.
Over the course of his career, Cosper has played in 54 games, hauling in 115 receptions for 25 touchdowns and 2,047 yards.
“Brayden has been with our varsity squad for four years, so he brings really good experience, some good maturity. He’s very, very athletic and extremely competitive. He steps up in big games, I can’t say enough about what he does,” Bingham head coach John Lambourne.
Cosper stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 pounds, and his ability to catch the football attracted attention in his junior year. The three-star wide receiver committed to Brigham Young University in the summer of 2017, after receiving offers from Air Force, Navy, Nevada and Weber State.
“It was awesome, just because I had worked really hard in the offseason and seasons before and it was something that I really wanted to do was play at the next level. It was a great feeling to finally get that opportunity, I’m really grateful for it,” Cosper said. “I committed there because the coaching staff is amazing. I feel like it’s a really great place to be, even though they’ve had a down year, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re going to turn it around. They’ve got terrific talent in there.”
But before he suits up at BYU, Cosper has one more piece of business to take care of.
“I’m just focused on the state title right now, nothing else.
Cosper hasn’t forgotten the feeling of winning a state title and wants to be a state football champion one more time before he graduates.
“There’s no better feeling. When you look back at how hard you worked, to go all that way and look back on how hard you’ve worked, all the way back, even the spring getting ready for seven-on-seven stuff, there’s no better feeling than finally getting it and knowing you’re the best team,” Cosper said.