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October 16, 2012

Elite 8 from the BYU win

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It is time once again for the BeaverBlitz.com ELITE 8. We review the film and recognize our eight top performers for the week. Listed in alphabetical order, here is this week's list from the BYU victory.




Brandin Cooks added 173 yards receiving against the Cougars on Saturday, and while he didn't have any touchdowns, he led the team in receiving yards and is now second in the nation in the same category. A leader on the offense, he was able to re-enter the game after suffering an ankle injury early to help out quarterback Cody Vaz.



For the second time this season sophomore walk-on punter Keith Kostol is being recognized on the Elite 8 list. It is rare for special teams players to make the list, but he did a great job in helping pin BYU inside their 20. He had six punts for the day and averaged 47.3 yards per punt with a long of 58. Four of his six punts were also downed inside the 20. His play was very instrumental in helping the Beaver defense all day.



With a team leading 11 tackles against BYU, Ryan Murphy earns his first spot on the Elite 8 this week. The Cougar offense did an outstanding job of mixing things up and throwing a lot at the Beaver defense. Murphy had to cover a lot of ground from his safety spot and did a good job, especially for a sophomore. He's learning very quickly, on the fly.



Against Washington State, Poyer had a career high three interceptions, one of which was nearly a pick-6. On Saturday, he capped a fairly quiet day on the field with an interception returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to all but seal the Beavers victory. It was a huge play made by the senior leader.



Junior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds may not receive the praise and accolades that fellow corner Jordan Poyer does, but he is proving that he's a force to be reckoned with and is a big reason why many now claim that the Beavers have the best tandem of corners in the conference. Reynolds had the last interception of the day and returned it 42 yards to end the game in Provo.



What can be said about the gutty performance by Vaz at BYU that hasn't been said already? He was able to shoulder the drama heaped upon him by the media and stayed calm, cool and collected. The opening drive was a thing of beauty and it was evident that the receivers have worked with Cody as much as they have with Sean. Great first start for the junior who has been patiently waiting for an opportunity.



While we've all come to expect Wheaton to be the 'go to' receiver, he also got it done on the ground too. Against BYU he only tallied 78 all purpose yards (66 receiving and 12 rushing), but he scored three of the Beavers five offensive touchdowns. He is quietly moving up the list of all time Oregon State greats and he showcased his versatility in Utah.



It wasn't the biggest day rushing for the freshman from Texas, but in re-watching the film, Woods was a major factor in pass protection for Vaz. While it would have been good to see more of a run game, the passing game was working fine and Woods should be commended for his part in helping protect the quarterback and give him extra time.


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