Junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks was honored on the National stage on Thursday evening as he was named the 2013 recipient of the Biletnikoff Trophy, awarded to the nation's top receiver. The 5-foot-10, 186 pound athlete took home the award over finalists Mike Evans of Texas A & M and Sammy Watkins from Clemson.
Cooks finished the 2013 season with 120 receptions for 1,670 yards and 15 touchdowns. Evans hauled in 57 passes for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Watkins caught 71 passes for 1,086 and nine touchdowns.
It has been a big year for Cooks, a junior from Stockton, California who broke the PAC 12 single season record with 120 receptions. He also broke into the Oregon State record books and holds the lead in career receiving touchdowns (23), single season touchdowns (15) and single season yards (1,670). He is only 51 yards shy of breaking the PAC 12 record of 1,721 set by Marqise Lee.
Cooks also leads the NCAA with 189.2 yards receiving per game as well as overall yards receiving.
He was on hand in Orlando, Florida on Thursday evening for The Home Depot College Football Awards show that aired live on ESPN.
The Biletnikoff Award is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of over 214 college football commentators, journalists and former receivers and is awarded annually by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.
Cooks is the first finalist from Oregon State since Mike Hass, who won the award in 2005.