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    Oregon State's Cooks named to AP All-American team

  • NEW YORK — Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks was named to The Associated Press All-America team, it was announced on Tuesday.
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  • NEW YORK — Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks was named to The Associated Press All-America team, it was announced on Tuesday.
    Cooks, the Biletnikoff Award winner, broke the Pac-12 record with 120 receptions during the regular season. His 1,670 receiving yards is just 51 yards short of breaking the league's record that was set last season by USC's Marqise Lee.
    The All-America teams were released Tuesday and selected by a panel of AP college football poll voters.
    Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second straight season.
    Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State added All-American to his resume after a spectacular redshirt freshman season. Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, the dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.
    Carey, a junior, is second in the nation in rushing after leading last year, but said he thinks he's a better player now.
    "I worked hard to improve my speed and strength in the offseason while keeping my speed," Carey said. "I put on 10 pounds of weight and I think that's helped my durability. I also wanted to be a better blocker away from the ball. Blocking for our quarterback and our receivers is key to our system and it's important that I do my part even when I'm not carrying the ball."
    Carey and Williams are set to compete on the same field this bowl season when Arizona and Boston College meet in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31. It will mark the first time since the 1977 Rose Bowl that two players selected first-team AP All-America at running back then faced off in a bowl. That game featured Michigan's Rob Lytle and Southern California's Ricky Bell.
    Mosley, a senior, was the leading tackler for a defense that ranked fifth in the country in yards allowed per game. Sutton, a senior, was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year for the season straight season.
    Winston, a landslide Heisman winner last week, is joined on the first team by three Florida State teammates — center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner — to give the top-ranked Seminoles more than any other school.
    Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan made the second team, along with offensive tackle Cameron Erving. The Seminoles had six players on the three teams, the most of any school.
    No. 2 Auburn, which plays Florida State on Jan. 6 in the BCS championship game in Pasadena, Calif., placed Heisman finalists Tre' Mason on the second team at running back and offensive lineman Reese Dismukes and Gregory Robinson on the third team.
    Texas A&M Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel, last year's Heisman winner and All-American quarterback, made the second team. Alabama's AJ McCarron, another Heisman finalist, is the third-team quarterback for the second consecutive season.
    Joining Cooks as a first-team receiver was Texas A&M's Mike Evans, who is averaging 20.3 yards a catch.
    Texas Tech's Jace Amaro is the first-team tight end. The senior leads all tight ends in catches (98) and yards (1,240).
    Joining Stork on the offensive line are Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, as well as Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and Stanford guard David Yankey. Richardson and Yankey were second-team All-Americans last season.
    Florida State helped the Atlantic Coast Conference put six players on the first team, to match the Pac-12 and SEC for the most from any conference.
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