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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013: No. 4

By Ted Miller

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

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

Brandin Cooks
Even though all eyes were on him, OSU's Brandin Cooks was nearly unstoppable this season.
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. 7Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
No. 8Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
No. 9David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 10Leonard Williams, DE, USC
No. 11Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
No. 12Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
No. 13Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
No. 14Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 15Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
No. 16Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
No. 17Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
No. 18Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
No. 19Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 20Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah
No. 21Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
No. 22Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
No. 23Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
No. 24Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
No. 25Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA