2015 NFL DRAFT

Quinton Coples, DE

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kinston, NC
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 284 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1111
2011 Season
Coples was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2011 after leading the Tar Heels in both tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (7.5). He posted 55 total tackles on the year-good enough for fourth-best on the team. He ranks fourth in the country among active players with 24 career sacks and leaves Chapel Hill with 144 total tackles, five forced fumbles, 22 quarterback hurries and four pass breakups.
2010 Season
Cleared by NCAA of any wrong-doing in the UNC agent scandal. Moved from defensive end to defensive tackle in the spring and became one of the nation's top interior players ... Earned first-team All- ACC honors and was named second-team All-America by Scout.com ... Played in all 13 games and started 12 ... Ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game ... Had 10.0 sacks on the year, which ranked in the top five in the country among defensive tackles ... Also ranked seventh in the league with 15.5 tackles for losses ... Finished fourth on the team with 59 total tackles and had a team-high 12 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Played well in Carolina's Music City Bowl win over Tennessee with six tackles, including 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble ... Recorded three tackles in the win at Duke ... Posted four tackles, forced a fumble and had a sack vs. NC State ... Had one tackle for loss and three total tackles vs. Virginia Tech ... Sacked Christian Ponder for a 10-yard loss and broke up a pass in the 37-35 win at Florida State ... Had three tackles, two tackles for losses and a sack, in the win over William & Mary ... Had two tackles at Miami ... Postd a career-high 11 stops, including three tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks in Carolina's first win at Virginia since 1981 ... Had two tackles and three quarterback pressures in the 21-16 win over Clemson ... Had four tackles and five quarterback pressures vs. East Carolina ... Registered nine tackles, including four tackles for losses and three sacks in Carolina's first win of the season, a 17-13 victory at Rutgers ... Had five tackles vs. Georgia Tech ... Posted six tackles, including three tackles for losses, vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Classic in Atlanta.
2009 Season
Was in the rotation at defensive end ... Gained more than 30 pounds since his freshman season ... Finished the season with 22 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for losses of 40 yards and five sacks for 36 yards ... Had a 7-yard tackle for loss vs. Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Made one tackle at NC State ... Had two tackles, a sack and a quarterback pressure that led to an interception in a 33-24 victory over No. 12 Miami ... Made his first career start at Virginia Tech and had one tackle ... Posted two tackles against Florida State ... Had three tackles, including a 4-yard tackle for loss, vs. Georgia Southern ... Assisted on one tackle vs. Virginia ... Had four tackles, including a 6-yard sack, at Georgia Tech ... Registered one tackle in the win over ECU ... Had one of the best games of his career with five tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses, including two sacks, in Carolina's 12-10 victory at Connecticut ... Sacked UConn's QB on the Huskies' final offensive possession of the game ... Had one tackle in Carolina's season-opening win over The Citadel.
2008 Season
Had eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery ... Did not play in the season opener vs. McNeese State, but saw action in the next 12 consecutive games, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Posted one tackle against West Virginia in the bowl game ... Had one tackle for loss and recovered a fumble at Maryland ... Had one tackle and one quarterback pressure in the 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech ... Had a 1-yard sack on Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen in UNC's win over the Irish ... Posted one tackle in Carolina's 38-12 win over No. 24 Connecticut ... Had a 5-yard tackle for loss in UNC's 28-24 win at Miami ... Saw action as a reserve defensive end vs. Virginia Tech ... Played in his first career game at Rutgers and posted two tackles and assisted on a sack.
High School
SuperPrep All-America ... Played in the U.S. Army All-America game ... Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team ... After his performance in the Army All-America game, he moved from unranked to No. 105 in Rivals.com's list of the top 250 players in the country ... Had the East squad's only sack in the game ... Considered the No. 8 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 6 defensive end in the country by Rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 21 defensive end in the country by Scout.com ... Rated the No. 34 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com ... Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... Had 63 tackles and seven sacks as a junior at Kinston High School ... Transferred to Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia for his senior year and had eight sacks to lead Hargrave ... Coached by Tony Edwards at Kinston and Robert Prunty at Hargrave.
Personal
Son of Gail Coples and Timothy Koonce ... Born June 22, 1990 ... Nickname is "Q" ... His New Year's resolution was to take advantage of his opportunities ... People say he looks like NBA basketball player Shane Battier ... Would most like to appear on the reality TV show, "College Hill" ... Favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers ... Communications major.
 
 
Latest News
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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