2015 NFL DRAFT

Quinton Coples, DE

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kinston, NC
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 284 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - While locker room dissension was the popular explanation as to why the Jets cratered last season, the continued aging of a once-potent defense was at least partially to blame for the fall to .500. The Jets made some immediate upgrades in head coach Rex Ryan's area of expertise by spending three of their first four picks on defensive players in the draft. The Jets, who recorded just 35 sacks last year while allowing 363 points, addressed their pass rush by selecting defensive end Quinton Coples in the first round (16th overall) and outside linebacker Demario Davis in the third round. The Jets also added valuable depth to a thin and injury-prone secondary by picking safety Josh Bush in the sixth round. BEST PICK: Defensive end Quinton Coples: Comes with his share of detractors after a relatively quiet senior season, but the instant connection between Rex Ryan and Coples at the latter's Pro Day bodes well for Ryan's ability to get the most out of Coples, who had 17.5 sacks in his last two years at North Carolina. The Jets badly need a legitimate pass rusher and Coples could become the first Jets player to record double-digit sacks since John Abraham since 2005. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Quinton Coples' quiet demeanor may have been one of the reasons he went from a projected top-five pick prior last season to falling to the Jets with the 16th pick in the first round, but he expressed plenty of confidence in his ability to return the Jets' defense to prominence. "(Teams) should be worried about me and Muhammad (Wilkerson), big (Sione Pouha) in the middle and everybody else that's behind us," Coples told reporters at the Jets' facility Friday. "I think we can be the No. 1 defense." The Jets' first two picks arrive in New Jersey with connections to the franchise. First-round pick Quinton Coples played with the Jets' 2011 first-round pick, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, at Virginia's Hargrave Military Academy while second-rounder Stephen Hill worked out before the draft with ex-Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde at IMG Academies in Florida. QUOTE TO NOTE: "They got great value." -- Jets first-round pick Quinton Coples, who was selected 16th by the Jets after being projected by many as a top-five pick prior to last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/16-Quinton Coples, DE, 6-6, 284, North Carolina...Coples was viewed as a top-five talent before an inconsistent senior season, but the Jets were thrilled when he fell to them and believe he'll immediately address a lackadaisical pass rush. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 16. New York Jets: DE Quenton Coples, North Carolina -- Coples played defensive tackle and defensive end for the Tar Heels. He passes the eyeball test, but at 6-6, 280, he's chided for inconsistent effort and doesn't dominate as much as expected based on his natural skills. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Ryan seemed particularly excited to land Coples, who said the coach told him during his Pro Day that the Jets would take him if he was still available at No. 16. Ryan compared Coples to longtime Jet defensive end Shaun Ellis, a first-round pick of the Jets in 2000 who racked up 72.5 sacks in 11 years with the green-and-white. Tannenbaum and vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales echoed Ryan's thoughts and said they were excited by both Coples' talent and his character. Clinkscales complimented Coples on remaining "above the fray" at North Carolina, where head coach Butch Davis was fired last July in the midst of an NCAA investigation that landed the Tar Heels on probation and forced the vacation of their wins from 2008 and 2009. Coples said he felt more comfortable with the Jets than with any of the other teams - whom he described as "kind of iffy" - he spoke to leading up to the Draft. "I think I'm going to fit in well here," Coples said. While some chatter linked the Jets to a blockbuster draft day trade for Alabama running back Trent Richardson - the lone surefire first-round back - Tannenbaum refrained from joining the flurry of activity that dominated the draft's first hour (during which the third through seventh picks involved trades) in favor of holding on to all 10 of the Jets' picks. Tannenbaum said the Jets did field some calls for the No. 16 pick, but in the end he made it three years in a row without swapping within the first round. "Once we got to 16, we felt really good he was there," Tannenbaum said. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - TEN SURPRISES FROM ROUND ONE: 7. New York Jets select Quinton Coples at No. 16: The Jets were expected to address their rather marginal pass rush but the focus had appeared to be on outside linebackers. The Jets could be looking to use Coples similarly to how the Houston Texans utilized JJ Watt. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/27/2012 - While there is no doubting his size, athleticism and ceiling, many scouts and insiders were disappointed by the effort he displayed last season at North Carolina. "I wouldn't draft him," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock told The Charlotte Observer this week. "But I do recognize the talent. He showed it at the Senior Bowl when he was motivated. I get nervous when guys have bad senior year tape but great Senior Bowls. It tells me there's a money drive there. "He's a boom-or-bust guy. He can be an All-Pro and I don't deny his talent." Such criticisms, of course, evoke memories of Vernon Gholston, another big-time collegiate pass rusher whom the Jets selected sixth overall in 2008 despite questions regarding his motor. Gholston ended up as one of the biggest draft busts in history and was cut after three seasons and zero sacks. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Mike Tannenbaum, one of draft day's most renowned wheelers and dealers, sat tight as the top 10 picks in the first round of the NFL Draft were shuffled during a wild evening of trading. But Tannenbaum and the Jets didn't have to move up to get what they needed with their first-round pick. The Jets, in search of a pass rusher, selected North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples with the 16th pick of the draft. Coples was a two-time All-ACC selection during his four years at Chapel Hill and had 17.5 sacks the last two seasons, so he should address an area that has been of concern for some time to the Jets, who last had a player record double-digit sacks in 2005 (John Abraham). Situational player Aaron Maybin led the Jets with six sacks last season while fellow pass rushers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace are each on the wrong side of 30. "With this addition, we push the quarterback back a little bit," head coach Rex Ryan said. But in typical Jets fashion, Coples is a player who generates plenty of discussion, not all of which is positive. - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 21. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Let's be clear. Coples is not only the most physically gifted defensive lineman in the 2012 draft he's also the most talented senior prospect, regardless of position. At a shade under 6-6 and 281 pounds physically-speaking, he'll earn first round grades from scouts working for 3-4 and 4-3 clubs, alike. Coples has developed a me-first reputation, however, and doesn't play with enough snap to snap consistency to earn the top five grade from me that his talent obviously warrants despite the fact that he enjoyed a dominating week in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/16/2012 - In 2011 he was switched to right defensive end and faced left tackles, usually the most elite offensive linemen. Coples' numbers dropped off as he finished with 7?? sacks and 15 tackles for losses. Along the way, Coples, generally considered a top-10 prospect, picked up a reputation as a guy who didn't go as hard as he could on every play. Coples says the drop-off had more to do with his position change than anything else, and at the scouting combine in February he said his long strides could make it appear as if he's not running hard. He didn't want to address questions about his reputation for taking plays off. "I just go out and play the game of football and try to be the best player I can be," he said by phone recently. Coples says his switch to the right side of the defensive line in 2011, despite the difficulties, worked in his favor. "It was a big difference, due to the fact that I had never played on the right side and I had put a lot of emphasis and training on the left side," he said. "But it turned out well and helped me understand a little more about the game and (helped my) maturity and also creates versatility in my game." At the combine, Coples showed off his physical skills, running 40 yards in 4.67 seconds and bench-pressing 225 pounds 25 times. While Coples remains a likely top 15 pick, he says he doesn't care which team drafts him. "I try to be No. 1, but at the end of the day I feel blessed and fortunate just to be in this situation," he said. "I'm prepared for any type of weather team, any type of defensive team." - Bob Velin, USA TODAY

04/09/2012 - From his game video, Coples was asked to play far more head-up on offensive linemen in 2011 than he did in 2010. A player with his speed and explosiveness - a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine at 284 pounds - is far more suited to play out in a little more space, either at end or lined up in a gap. So perhaps score one for Coples in that he didn't perform as well this past season because his coaches used him differently. Some of the more cynical talent evaluators in the league say he could have done better with the assignment he was given, even if he wasn't crazy about it. Perhaps, but it is all a draft tug of war. Through the years, folks in scouting, because their task is to find as many NFL-quality players in as many places as possible, often begin their evaluations with the physical side. And often coaches, who enter the draft process once the season ends as the draft process heads toward the all-star games, the combine and the seven-round selection weekend, lean toward the "try hard" guys who may also be athletically limited at times because the coaches sit in meetings with players, have to teach them day to day and want as receptive an audience as possible. In the end, the athletically gifted, try-hard guys are also the can't-miss guys each year. Where Coples fits remains to be seen, but the question mark next to his name is big enough that he may wait a little longer to hear his name later this month than he expected. - Jeff Legwold, The Denver Post

04/07/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT 1ST ROUND WILD CARDS: Despite using all of his collegiate eligibility, as well as dominating the Senior Bowl, Coples' stock is similarly volatile among NFL scouts. No one doubts his talent. A year after the New York Giants won the Super Bowl again largely based on their ability to pressure the opponents' quarterback with their front four, every team in league has to be intrigued with Coples' blend of size (6-6, 284) and power. Coples' terribly inconsistent tape, however, could scare teams even desperate for pass rush help. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - At Tuesday's Pro Day held at North Carolina, many had their eyes on defensive end Quinton Coples while wide receiver Dwight Jones and linebacker Ebele Okakpu were held out by the school. Coples is projected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft by many prognostications. He did not run the 40 yard dash Tuesday but stood on his combine time of 4.78. The 6-foot-6, 284-pounder did go through a series of drills and he was asked by Jets coach Rex Ryan to take part in some linebacker drills. "He wanted to see how I would react in a three-point scheme so I went out there, showed him what I have and gave it all I had," Coples said. "A lot of teams are moving to a three-point scheme so I wanted to make sure I was aware of how to play that scheme (before the workout) and how to drop into coverage and things of that nature." - WRAL.com

03/21/2012 - North Carolina Pro Day: North Carolina's highest regarded prospect, Quinton Coples, elected to stand on his results from the Combine, though it is interesting to note that Coples weighed in at 278 pounds Tuesday, six pounds less than he weighed at the Combine. Coples did participate in defensive line drills, as well as linebacker drills at the request of Ryan. As he told the media staff at North Carolina following the workout, "So many teams are going to a 3-4 and I just wanted to show that I was versatile and can play a lot of positions. I couldn't turn down Coach [Ryan], but I was planning to workout at linebacker all along." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/19/2012 - Quinton Coples' visit with the Carolina Panthers last week began with a Cowboy T-bone at Ruth's Chris, which the restaurant bills as a "huge, bone-in version" of its normal T-bone. It was a big steak for a big guy. Coples, a 6-6, 284-pound defensive end from Kinston, remains a top-10 draft prospect despite a disappointing senior season at North Carolina. Coples will participate in position drills in front of NFL scouts Tuesday at the Tar Heels' pro day. After a solid showing at the combine last month in the 40-yard dash (4.78 seconds) and 225-pound bench press (25 reps), Coples does not plan to do any of the testing Tuesday. But as was the case at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, Copes likely will be asked to address the perception he gave less than 100 percent at times last fall, when his sack total fell from 10 in 2010 to 7.5. It has become the dominant storyline surrounding Coples, regarded as the top defensive end in the draft and a potential target for the Panthers when they pick ninth. "It doesn't get to me at all," Coples said of concerns about his effort level. "It's pretty much the only question they have. Anything outside of that, they really don't have anything to ask. I don't have any regrets with what happened. I just take it for what it is and move forward." Coples has said the shift from the left side of the line to the right affected his productivity, and talked at the combine about how his long strides could make it appear he is not moving fast. "There's definitely those times that even if I did hustle, it's hard and I had no chance of making the play," Coples said last week in a phone interview. "It's all about the opportunity. They wanted to see that. And I didn't do that (last) year. That's one of the main focuses that I'm going to continue to do going forward." - Joseph Person, The Charlotte Observer

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, 6-6, 284, 1...Coples turned adversity into opportunity when he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the same UNC agent scandal that resulted in star defensive tackle Marvin Austin being suspended in September of 2010. Austin opted for the draft (Giants second-round pick 2011). Coples, considered a natural defensive end, moved inside in 2010 to help the team and in so doing helped himself. He showed pro scouts he had the toughness and tenacity to get the job done at either position and finished with 59 tackles, including 15.5 for a loss and 10 sacks. He then played defensive end in the controversial 2011 Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee and dominated with six tackles, two QB hurries, 1?? sacks and a forced fumble. Back at defensive end last season, Coples collected 51 tackles, 13 for a loss and 7 ?? sacks and was a standout in the Senior Bowl. At the combine, he looked good running 40 yards in an unofficial time of 4.78 seconds. Coples seems best suited for a 4-3, every-down LDE in the NFL rather than a pass-rush specialist. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/13/2012 - A player with strong ties to North Carolina spent Monday at Bank of America Stadium meeting with Panthers' officials and coaches. Former UNC defensive end Quinton Coples, who has been compared in stature and ability to fellow Tar Heel and ex-Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, was in Charlotte for a pre-draft visit with the Panthers, according to a team source. Coples, 6-foot-6 and 284 pounds, is considered a top-10 prospect in next month's draft despite his subpar senior season. The Panthers, who pick ninth, appear to be focusing on defensive line help. Former Louisiana State defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who left LSU with two years of eligibility remaining, met with the Panthers last week. Critics claim Coples took it easy for most of the year so as not to get injured before the draft. But Coples, who had 7.5 sacks, denied that he dogged it, saying it might have appeared that way on film because his long strides make it look like he's not moving as fast as other players. - Joseph Person, News & Observer

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 20. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, 6-6, 281, 1...Coples turned adversity into opportunity when he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the same UNC agent scandal that resulted in star defensive tackle Marvin Austin being suspended. Austin opted for the draft (Giants second-round pick 2011). Coples, considered a natural defensive end, moved inside in 2010 to help the team and in so doing helped himself. He showed pro scouts he had the toughness and tenacity to get the job done at either position and finished with 59 tackles, including 15.5 for a loss and 10 sacks. He then played defensive end in the controversial 2011 Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee and dominated with six tackles, two QB hurries, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Back at defensive end last season, Coples collected 51 tackles, 13 for a loss and 7.5 sacks and was a standout in the Senior Bowl. Coples seems best suited for a 4-3, every-down LDE in the NFL rather than a pass-rush specialist. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/13/2012 - The early read on North Carolina defensive lineman Quinton Coples is that he is an end, not a tackle, in terms of NFL projections. There were a few personnel people who felt Coples might be able to move inside, but his weight at the Senior Bowl (281 pounds), length, and propensity for playing a big high at times and not always being a leveraged defender, likely make him an end candidate. That certainly won't be enough to drop Coples out of the first round, but cuts his options a bit. The sense from a few scouts in Mobile is that Coples will be a 4-3 end, and that, in addition to not being able to play tackle, he is a dubious prospect for a 3-4 front. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Undeniably the most talented player in Mobile for the Senior Bowl, Coples continued his dominant week of practice with an MVP-caliber performance in the game. Coples, a shade under 6-6 and 281 pounds, was a consistent threat off the edge and used his long arms and obvious upper body strength to rag-doll pass blockers on his way to the quarterback. Perhaps the most impressive play of the game from Coples, however, came as a run defender. He shook off a block from Iowa State right tackle Kelechi Osemele and with one arm stopped the momentum of running back Isaiah Pead and threw him to the ground for a two-yard loss on 3rd and goal. If Coples played with the same intensity throughout his senior season that he did throughout the week in Mobile, he might have been the easy choice as the top defensive prospect in the 2012 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN IMPRESSIONS: With some prospects impressing with their athletic frames, there will naturally be some disappointments. It is worth repeating that the NFL is full of prospects who appeared too small, too heavy or too thin in shorts only to prove Pro-Bowlers on the field. Still, the relatively soft builds for Washington running back Chris Polk, Alabama center William Vlachos, Boise State defensive lineman Billy Winn and Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry were a bit surprising. So too was the fact that North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect in Mobile for this game, measured in lighter than expected at 281 pounds. Coples measured in at just under 6-6 (6-5, 3/4") and had been listed by the Tar Heels at 285 pounds and some expected him to measure closer to 295. Clearly, Coples is attempting to prove he's lean and athletic enough to remain at defensive end rather than move back inside to defensive tackle. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/17/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: North Carolina at Virginia Tech, Nov. 17 Virginia Tech leads the ACC's Coastal Division with a 5-1 record and if the Hokies win and Virginia loses to Florida State two days later, the Hokies capture the division. If Virginia beats the Seminoles, however, the Hokies will have to beat the Cavaliers the next week to get into the ACC championship game win or lose against the Tar Heels. KEYS TO THE GAME: Slow Tech's running game. Hokies' TB David Wilson is the ACC's leading rusher and is third in the nation with his 136.0 average per game. Special teams must be on alert or he'll break a big play in Tech's kickoff return game as well. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Quinton Coples ranks sixth in the country among active players in career sacks with 21. Of those, 4.5 have come this year with opposing offenses concentrating on keeping him out of the backfield. - The Sports Xchange

10/05/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Yes, the Tar Heels have given up big chunks of yardage (468 to Virginia in addition to the 496 to Georgia Tech and 490 to East Carolina), but they rank fifth in scoring defense in the ACC in holding opponents to under 21 points a game. They are allowing only 123 yards a game on the ground. They have 11 sacks, which ranks fifth in the conference, but only have five interceptions, far off their pace of the last three years when they had a combined 58 picks. Senior DE Quinton Coples and freshman DT Shawn Underwood combined to record North Carolina's only sack last weekend. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Quinton Coples won't want to slow his rush, but he needs to be disciplined in his approach and not get caught going in the wrong direction and leaving a big hole. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Coach Everett Withers liked the way his defense played in the opener. It was a true team effort with no defender recording more than six tackles and eight players contributing to the tackles for loss production. Five different players got in on sacks. The secondary will welcome back veteran Charles Brown at corner. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Quinton Coples is Carolina's top pass rushing threat. He had two sacks against James Madison. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Quinton Coples moved from tackle to his more natural position, Coples will be a big factor in Carolina's pass rush. He had 10 sacks last year. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Quinton Coples, North Carolina, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Coples earned first-team All-ACC honors last season at defensive tackle where he posted 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 10.0 sacks. A native of Kinston, N.C., Coples ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game. He will return to his natural position of defensive end this fall. - North Carolina football

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina (38), Senior, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff. Coples earned first-team All-ACC honors last season at defensive tackle where he posted 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 10.0 sacks. A native of Kinston, N.C., he ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game. He will return to his natural position of defensive end this fall. - North Carolina football

08/09/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: DE Quinton Coples - Because of all the suspensions on the defensive unit, Coples had to play tackle last year. But he moves back to his more natural spot at end this fall. He had 15.5 tackles for loss (8.5 sacks) in 2010 and could increase those numbers back at end, where he had 5.0 sacks as a sophomore in 2009. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Coples earned first-team All-ACC honors last season at defensive tackle where he posted 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 10.0 sacks. A native of Kinston, N.C., he ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game. He will return to his natural position of defensive end this fall. - North Carolina football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Quinton Coples, DT, N. Carolina, (1st Team All-ACC, 3rd in the ACC with 10 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Coples earned first-team All-ACC honors last season at defensive tackle where he posted 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 10.0 sacks. A native of Kinston, N.C., he ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game. He will return to his natural position of defensive end this fall. - North Carolina football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DT, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Coples earned first-team All-ACC honors last season at defensive tackle where he posted 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 10.0 sacks. A native of Kinston, N.C., he ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game. He will return to his natural position of defensive end this fall. - North Carolina football

06/28/2011 - An attorney for North Carolina's Quinton Coples says the NCAA found no wrongdoing by the defensive lineman, who attended NFL draft parties with ex-teammates accused of rules violations. Former state Supreme Court justice Robert F. Orr says the NCAA notified him in a phone call Monday that its review was closed. The NCAA had spoken with Coples in May after photos surfaced of him with former Tar Heels Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn at a party in Washington, D.C. Austin was kicked off the team and the NCAA ruled Quinn permanently ineligible during the probe into improper benefits and academic misconduct. Orr said Tuesday the NCAA never alleged Coples broke any rules. Coples was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 10 sacks last season. - AP Sports

05/20/2011 - North Carolina says the NCAA has made another visit to campus. Team spokesman Kevin Best confirms investigators returned this week as part of the ongoing investigation into the football program. ESPN.com, citing anonymous sources, is reporting the NCAA talked to defensive end Quinton Coples about his attendance at a post-NFL draft party earlier this month in Washington also attended by ex-teammates Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn. Photos of Coples, Austin and Quinn surfaced online. According to the report, the NCAA wants to know how Coples paid for his trip and whether he accepted food or drink. Coples is considered a top NFL prospect. Austin was kicked off the team and the NCAA ruled Quinn permanently ineligible during its probe into improper benefits and academic misconduct. - AP Sports

05/10/2011 - STARS OF 2011: DE Quinton Coples - After playing inside in 2010, Copes moves back to his former spot outside, where he will be able to take advantage of his considerable pass-rushing skills. Coples led the Tar Heels with 10 sacks in 2010 with a team-best 15.5 tackles-for-loss. - The Sports Xchange

05/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DT Quinton Coples will team with Tydreke Powell to give the Heels an intimidating pair of frontline defenders. Copes recorded 8.5 sacks after being moved last season to the interior from his former end spot. - The Sports Xchange

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Coples is a 6-6, 245-pound defensive end who led the team in tackles for losses (15.5), sacks (10) and quarterback hurries a year ago. - North Carolina football

 
 
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04/30/2012 - While locker room dissension was the popular explanation as to why the Jets cratered last season, the continued aging of a once-potent defense was at least partially to blame for the fall to .500. The Jets made some immediate upgrades in head coach Rex Ryan's area of expertise by spending three of their first four picks on defensive players in the draft. The Jets, who recorded just 35 sacks last year while allowing 363 points, addressed their pass rush by selecting defensive end Quinton Coples in the first round (16th overall) and outside linebacker Demario Davis in the third round. The Jets also added valuable depth to a thin and injury-prone secondary by picking safety Josh Bush in the sixth round. BEST PICK: Defensive end Quinton Coples: Comes with his share of detractors after a relatively quiet senior season, but the instant connection between Rex Ryan and Coples at the latter's Pro Day bodes well for Ryan's ability to get the most out of Coples, who had 17.5 sacks in his last two years at North Carolina. The Jets badly need a legitimate pass rusher and Coples could become the first Jets player to record double-digit sacks since John Abraham since 2005. - The Sports Xchange

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