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Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks
Cooks in 2015 preseason.
No. 10 New Orleans Saints
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-09-25) September 25, 1993
Place of birth: Stockton, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Stockton (CA) Lincoln
College: Oregon State
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2015
Receptions: 94
Receiving yards: 1,082
Receiving Touchdowns: 6
Stats at NFL.com

Brandin Cooks (born September 25, 1993) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State, where he received All-American recognition.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • College career stats 2.1
    • Collegiate awards and honors 2.2
  • Professional career 3
    • 2014 NFL Combine 3.1
    • Career statistics 3.2
  • Personal 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early years

Cooks attended Lincoln High School in Stockton, California. As a sophomore, he recorded 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior he had 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also collecting three interceptions on the defensive side. As a senior, he had 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooks was ranked by Rivals.com as the 26th best wide receiver and the 240th overall prospect in his class.[1] He originally committed to play college football at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) but changed to Oregon State University.[2][3] Cooks also played basketball and ran track in high school.

College career

Cooks played at Oregon State from 2011 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2011, he played in all 12 games with three starts. He finished the season with 31 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a kick returner averaging 22.4 yards a return. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns. The combination of Cooks and Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and Oregon State history. The two players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards and 16 touchdowns.[4]

During his junior year in 2013, he had 128 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.[5] The receptions and receiving yards were Pac-12 records.[6][7][8] He was held to under 100 yards only four times and exceeded 200 yards in a game twice.[9] At the end of the season he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus All-American.[10][11] He was the second Oregon State player to win the Biletnikoff Award, the first being Mike Hass in 2005.

On January 2, 2014, Cooks announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[12]

Cooks also ran track at Oregon State. He earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the 2012 UW Invitational, clocking a personal-best time of 6.81 seconds.[13]

College career stats

Year GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg Long 100+ 200+ TD Avg/G Att Yds Avg TD
2011 12 31 391 12.6 59 0 0 3 32.6 10 41 4.1 0
2012 13 67 1,151 17.2 75 5 0 5 95.9 19 82 4.3 0
2013 13 128 1,730 13.5 55 8 2 16 133 32 217 6.8 2
Total 226 3,272 14.5 75 13 2 24 86.1 61 340 5.6 2

Collegiate awards and honors

  • Biletnikoff Award (2013)
  • Consensus All-American (2013)
  • Hawaii Bowl Champion (2013)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2013)
  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012)
  • Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a single season (2013)
  • 1st all-time career receiving touchdowns at Oregon State (24 touchdowns)
  • 3rd all-time career receiving yards at Oregon State (3,272 yards)
  • 2013 NCAA leader in receiving yards (1,730 yards)
  • 2013 Pac-12 leader in receiving touchdowns (16 touchdowns)
  • 2013 Pac-12 leader in receptions (128 receptions)
  • 2012 Pac-12 leader in yards per reception (17.2 yards)

Professional career

2014 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 189 lb 4.33 s 1.53 s 2.50 s 3.81 s 6.76 s 36 in 10 ft 0 in 16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

During the 2014 NFL Draft Combine, Cooks was awarded $100,000 by Adidas for running the fastest 40-yard dash in Adidas cleats. Cooks was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the 20th pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft; the Saints traded up from the 27th spot, giving their first and third round picks to the Arizona Cardinals in return for Arizona's first round pick, in order to get Cooks.[14] On May 18, 2014, the Saints signed Cooks to a four-year contract worth $8.3 million.[15]

In his first career game, Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in a narrow loss to the Atlanta Falcons.[16][17][18] Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns before breaking his thumb in Week 11, ending his season.[19]

Career statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 New Orleans Saints 10 7 53 550 10.4 50 3 7 73 10.4 28 1 0 0
Total 10 7 53 550 10.4 50 3 7 73 10.4 28 1 0 0

Personal

Cooks was 6 years old when his father died of a heart attack, and he was thereafter raised by his mother, Andrea Cooks. He is one of four brothers.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Brandin Cooks now with Oregon State
  3. ^ Beavers Insider: Brandin Cooks prepares to face UCLA, team he snubbed for Oregon State
  4. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/markus-wheaton-1.html
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Civil War football: Cooks sets Pac-12 receptions record in loss
  7. ^ Oregon State wide receiver Cooks looking to break another Pac-12 record against Boise State
  8. ^ Brandin Cooks putting up big stats for Oregon St
  9. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2013-12-12/sporting-news-all-american-football-team/slide/5
  10. ^ Oregon State's Brandin Cooks wins Biletnikoff Award
  11. ^ Oregon State football: Brandin Cooks earns consensus All-America status
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  13. ^ http://or.milesplit.com/athletes/2432928-brandin-cooks/feed#.VATXUvmSwrk
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External links

  • New Orleans Saints bio
  • Oregon State Beavers bio
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