OSU's Brandin Cooks: Mr. All-America

FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, Oregon State has produced a consensus All-America selection. And Brandin Cooks, just like Jordan Poyer before him, came within an eyelash of becoming a unanimous All-America pick.

But consensus All-America is nothing to sneeze at -- it's a rare feat.

First-team honors on three of the five major All-America teams make for a consensus choice.

The five major All-America teams are: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Brandin Cooks was named first-team on four of five on those All-America squads -- all but the AFCA, where he was a second-team selection.

Last year, Jordan Poyer was named to the first-team of all five except for the FWAA list, where he picked up second-team honors.

Cooks becomes only the second consensus Oregon State All-America pick since 1968 according to the OSU media guide.

Then, center John Didion in 1968 accomplished the feat. WR Vern Burke also captured consensus All-America honors in 1963, and Terry Baker in 1962 was both the Heisman Trophy winner and named consensus All-America.

Cooks, a junior from Stockton, Calif., received the 2013 Biletnikoff Award as the most outstanding college football receiver last week.

He broke the Pac-12 record with 120 receptions during the 2013 regular season and his 1,670 receiving yards is just 51 yards short of breaking the league's record headed into the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

Cooks set numerous OSU school records as well, including matching the single game mark for receptions with 14 against San Diego State.

There has been much media and fan speculation on whether the 5-10, 186-pound Cooks will return for his senior year or decide to turn pro after this season.

There has been no official word from Cooks. But underclassmen also officially have until Jan. 15 to request early admission into the NFL draft.

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