Beavers’ Cooks wins Biletnikoff Award

Bulletin staff report /

Published Dec 13, 2013 at 12:01AM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Brandin Cooks was named Thursday as the winner of the 2013 Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding receiver.

Oregon State’s junior receiver — who was also named Thursday to first teams of the 124th annual Walter Camp All-America Team and to Athlon Sports’ All-America Team — beat out fellow finalists Sammy Watkins of Clemson and Mike Evans from Texas A&M to win the Biletnikoff Award.

He is the second Beaver to win the award, following Mike Hass in 2005. Cooks is also the ninth Oregon State first-team selection in the 124 years of the Walter Camp All-America Team.

Cooks has been dominant this season.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 186-pounder from Stockton, Calif., has amassed a Pac-12 Conference record 120 catches and a school-record 1,670 yards receiving this season. Going into the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl, Cooks is just 51 yards short of the conference record for receiving yards in a season. In addition, he has tallied eight games of 100 yards or more and has twice totaled more than 200 yards receiving in a game.

Cooks learned of both honors at the Home Depot Awards Show, which was broadcast nationally on ESPN. He will participate in the annual Walter Camp Awards Weekend, Jan. 9-11, in New Haven, Conn. Cooks will then head to Tallahassee, Fla., to be formally presented the Biletnikoff Award on Feb. 8.