Thursday, June 6, 2013
Mannion one of five Oregon State captains
By Ted Miller
Junior Sean Mannion was elected one of five Oregon State captains, which makes one wonder if his teammates are voting on who should be the starting quarterback.
Mannion, of course, is locked in a tough competition with senior Cody Vaz for the starting job. This is his second consecutive year as a team captain.
Cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, receiver Brandin Cooks, offensive guard Grant Enger and linebacker Michael Doctor also were voted captains for the 2013 season, via a team vote this week.
Reynolds, a senior, was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection in 2012. He has a team-high 25 consecutive starts and enters his final season as the Beavers’ top returning defensive back with 157 tackles and four interceptions.
Cooks, a junior, also is coming of a Pac-12 honorable mention season. He enters the year as a recently anointed Phil Steele’s preseason third-team All-American, with 1,542 yards receiving. He is on pace to join Mike Hass and James Newson as the Beavers’ all-time 3,000-yard receivers.
Enger was also a Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection last season. He has started 21 games.
Doctor is the team’s active leader for tackles with 172 stops. The senior has started 24 straight games and led the 2012 team for tackles with 83. Doctor has also accounted for 15 tackles-for-loss and three interceptions.
Mannion was the first sophomore in school history to have the team captain honor last season. The quarterback enters the season fifth at OSU for career passing yards and touchdowns with 5,774 and 31, respectively.