Given that Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks is arguably the best receiver in college football, it’s easy to forget that quarterback Sean Mannion has other weapons at his disposal. But less-heralded wide receivers Kevin Cummings and Richard Mullaney are quietly putting together solid season for the Beavers, making huge catches whenever Cooks is covered.
What’s especially impressive about Cummings and Mullaney is the percentage of their catches that go for first downs or touchdowns. Cummings only has 18 receptions on the year, but 12 of those catches have results in first downs. Mullaney’s number are even better, with 24 of his 30 receptions going for either first downs or touchdowns.
Cummings recently spoke about his role on Beavers:
My job is to move the sticks. You know, get us another set of downs.
When (opponents) start watching our film and they start breaking it down, they’re talking about Brandin. They have to focus on him. So it’s important for us, me and Mullaney, to kind of take some of the pressure off of him (Oregon Live).
For those who haven’t seen the Beavers play this year, or for those who only know them as the team that lost to Eastern Washington of the FCS, you can check them out this weekend when they take on the Cal Golden Bears. You’ll have to stay up late to do so, but it’ll be worth it to watch Sean Mannion, the nation’s leader in almost every statistical quarterback category, direct the OSU offense.
[Source: Oregon Live]