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EX-QO star earns shoutout from Wale after first college TD

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When Marquez Cooper graduated from Quince Orchard High School earlier this year, he left as one of the best running backs in the history of Montgomery County high school football.

Now a true freshman at Kent State University, Cooper hasn't taken long to make an impact for his new team.

In the Golden Flashes' 62-24 victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday, Cooper scored his first two touchdowns at the college level in just his second game of the season.

Cooper's performance earned him a shoutout on Twitter from DMV rapper Wale, who is also a Quince Orchard alum.

"First college TD. Two of em Go off bro," Wale tweeted.

In the blowout victory, Cooper had a team-high 15 carries for 53 yards while adding one catch for 14 yards.

Cooper's small frame (he's listed as 5-foot-6, 184 pounds) perhaps deterred Power Five schools from offering him as a high schooler, as the running back finished his record-setting junior season without one Div. I scholarship.

But after earning an offer from Kent State the following spring, he quickly committed to the Golden Flashes and is now enjoying success early on. Through two games, Cooper has 30 carries for 157 rushing yards and two TDs.