Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. The FBS-leader in receiving yards (1,670) during the regular season.as of Dec. 2, 2013: Brandin is one of the most explosive players in the nation ... finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (OSU's Mike Hass won this award in 2005) ... Pac-12 Conference First Team ... broke Pac-12 single season record with his 120 receptions in 2013 ... holds other OSU records for career receiving touchdowns with 23, single season touchdown receptions with 15 (current) and single season yards with 1,670 (current) - 51 yards short of Marqise Lee's season record of 1,721 tied the OSU record for single game receptions (Mike Hass vs. ASU in 2004) with 14 against San Diego State earlier this season ... his 139.2 yards receiving per game leads the NCAA as does his overall yards ... he and quarterback Sean Mannion have connected for 22 touchdown passes, a school record for the duo, including 15 this year. ... semifinalist for the Maxwell Award ... co-team captain ... 27 career starts, 25 straight ... explosive on special teams.
Brandin backed up an outstanding true freshman season with a phenomenal sophomore campaign ... announced as one of 10 semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the top receiver in the nation ... named as Pac-12 Conference honorable mention ... combined with Markus Wheaton to be the first OSU receiving duo to exceed 1,000-yards since 2003 ... his 1,151 receiving yards ranked seventh for a single season at OSU ... 88.5 yards receiving per game ranked fifth in the Pac-12.Posted five 100-yard receiving games - four on the road - tying for fifth in OSU single season history ... established a then career-high with nine catches at Arizona and matched it at Washington ... 75-yard catch and run at UCLA was the Beavers' longest since an 87-yard season-opening play to start the 2009 season ... started all 12 games ... injured ankle against Oregon and missed most of the Nicholls State game.
Played in all 12 games, starting three ... started the first game of the season in place of James Rodgers becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener at wide receiver since Roddy Tompkins against Montana in 1996 ... one of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011, an Oregon State record ... dazzled observers with his speed and highlight reel catches from the outset in fall camp ... grabbed a season-high five passes at Utah ... tied for the team-lead with three touchdown catches ... scored in back-to-back games against BYU and vs. Washington State ... added kick return responsibilities late in the season with an average of 22.4 yards per return.
Earned Offensive Player of the Year in the Section, All-Area and team MVP two years each ... as a senior, he had 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns, and ended up with 1,525 all purpose yards ... as a junior, he made 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, and on defense had three interceptions ... 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore ... sprinter in track, participating in the Junior Olympics.Also played basketball and for his high school career earned six varsity letters ... Rivals listed him the 22nd best receiver in the nation ... competed in the National Underclassmen Combine's All World Gridiron Classic Dec. 31, 2010 in Orlando ... Nike Combine wide receiver MVP at 2010 event at Stanford.
Born September 25, 1993 in Stockton, California ... nickname is "sonic boom" ... son of Worth and Andrea Cooks ... has three brothers, Worth Jr., Fred and Andre ... his stepbrother, Maurice Washington, played football at Texas A&M-Kingsville and was in the Oakland Raiders' training camp ... chose OSU because "it is a great fit for me, I'm surrounded by respectful people and the great coaching staff" ... has never missed a game at any level ... majoring in human development and family sciences.
- Saints viewed WR Cooks as must-have...Payton said giving up the third-round pick -- a late third-rounder at that -- was worth it to get a shot at adding Cooks, who ran the fastest time for a wide receiver at the NFL combine at 4.33 seconds, to the mix. "In this case, it filled a need," said Payton. "It was one of the positions we outlined going into the draft, and (Cooks) was also the highest-rated player that we had left." Even though they had parted with Sproles and Moore, it was believed that the Saints might be in the market for a cornerback or defensive end to add depth to a vastly-improved defense that ranked fourth last season under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
But the ability to get a dynamic player like Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner who could replace both Sproles and Moore, turned out to be a priority. "We're excited with our selection," said Payton, who took an offensive player in the first round for only the second time since 2007. "We were able to move up and get a player we valued. "He's a playmaker. He's someone that the one thing about him was that he was a tough player both physically and mentally," Payton said. "He's durable and he obviously runs well, but I like his mental makeup. He's got a lot of intangibles about him -- other than his skill set -- that we liked." - The Sports Xchange