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Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013: No. 4

1/30/2014

Our countdown of the Pac-12’s Top 25 players from the 2013 season continues.

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

No. 4: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

2013 numbers: Cooks caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards with 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 217 yards and two scores.

Preseason ranking: No. 22

Making the case for Cooks: It isn't too difficult to make the case for Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver and would have been a unanimous All-American if the American Football Coaches Association didn't opt to look buffoonish. Cooks led the nation in receiving yards per game and led the Pac-12 and ranked second in the nation with 9.8 receptions per game. His 128 receptions this season set a new Pac-12 record. His 1,730 receiving yards also set a Pac-12 record. His 16 touchdowns ties for third on the conference's single-season list. When the Pac-12's All-Decade or even its All-Time team is made, Cooks will merit consideration. Many years, Cooks would have topped this list, but the next three guys are really, really good, too.

The countdown:

No. 5: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

No. 6: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford

No. 7: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

No. 8: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

No. 9: David Yankey, OL, Stanford

No. 10: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

No. 11: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

No. 12: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

No. 13: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

No. 14: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

No. 15: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

No. 16: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

No. 17: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

No. 18: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

No. 19: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

No. 20: Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah

No. 21: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State

No. 22: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

No. 23: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon

No. 24: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

No. 25: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA