Lincoln High graduate Brandin Cooks, a junior wide receiver at Oregon State, leads the nation in most receiving categories through six games entering Saturday’s game at Cal.
Cooks credits his success to his faith and an offseason that included long workouts in the summer heat of Corvallis, Ore., and bonding experiences with his teammates, including post-workout barbecues.
“I’m just blessed. I thank God. That’s where my success is coming from,” Cooks said from Corvallis, Ore., on Wednesday. “We worked so hard in the offseason. We don’t expect less than what we’re doing, but we have a way to go. We have a long season and we are getting into the meaty part of the season, and we have to keep our eyes on the prize and not lose sight of that.”
Cooks leads the nation with 63 receptions for 994 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Beavers, who take a 5-1 overall and 3-0 Pac-12 record into Saturday’s game against the Bears (1-5, 0-3).
“The chemistry that this team built this offseason was just amazing,” Cooks said. “It took a long time, but it’s something I felt we needed to do to have the success we wanted.”