Cooks Biletnikoff semifinalist, Romaine Pac-12 POW

Cooks Biletnikoff semifinalist, Romaine Pac-12 POW
Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown, left, and safety Jordan Richards (8) break up a pass intended for Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) in the end zone during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Stanford won 27-23. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Corvallis – Oregon State sophomore Brandin Cooks has been selected one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, signifying the nation’s top receiver it was announced today by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. Sophomore placekicker Trevor Romaine also earned this week’s Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor. 
                                               
Cooks, a native of Stockton, Calif., is seventh in the nation for receiving yards per contest at 109.8. He has 988 yards for the season on 57 receptions and is on the verge of joining an illustrious list of 1,000-yard single season receivers at OSU that includes 2005 Biletnikoff Award recipient Mike Hass (2003, ‘04, ‘05 seasons), James Newson (‘02, ’03), Sammie Stroughter (’06, ’08), James Rodgers (’09) and Vern Burke (1962). Cooks had a season-high 175 yards receiving in the Beavers’ win at UCLA earlier this season and had a 173-yard performance in the victory at BYU.
                                                        
Romaine is the first Beaver kicker to earn the weekly honor from the Conference since Justin Kahut in November of 2010. Romaine was successful on all three of his field goal attempts and recorded four touchbacks in OSU’s narrow loss at Stanford last week. The Corona, Calif., native has made nine consecutive field goals and for the season is 13-for-15. Romaine joins punter Keith Kostol, linebacker D.J. Alexander, and quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz as Pac-12 Conference honorees for the season for the weekly awards.

The No. 15 Beavers return home this week to play California in a game that can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks at 7:30 p.m. PDT from Reser Stadium. Tickets remain for Military Appreciation Day by contacting OSU at 1-800-GO-BEAVS between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or online at BeaverTickets.com. All current and former military personnel can show their ID at the Gill Coliseum ticket office this week to receive a $28 reserved ticket (limit of 6).