Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks leads the nation with 100 catches for 1,443 yards, and his 14 touchdowns receptions are the second-most in the FBS.
Washington counters with a pass defense ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 Conference in allowing 207.6 yards per game and second in both yards per attempt (5.9) and pass defense rating (110.79).
“Yards per attempt is what we look at,” UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. “I think we’ve done a decent job in certain games; in other games obviously we haven’t played as well. It all goes back to the fundamentals and the details of your assignment, playing with great fundamentals and technique. But not just the DBs are involved in pass defense, just like not (only is) the D-line is involved in run defense. Everybody’s involved.”
The 5-foot-10, 186-pound Cooks is “as good a player as we’ll face all year,” UW linebackers coach Peter Sirmon said.
“He’s a polished receiver,” Wilcox added. “His routes are good, and he’s not just a fast guy. He’s a football player. He can run the ball, he can catch the ball…hell, he could probably throw it. … Our guys are going to be excited to go compete against him because he’s one of the best.”
OSU's Brandin Cooks (hamstring) did not practice today, but Riley said "hopefully tomorrow he’ll be full speed." #sjnow
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