Where I Come From: All-Time Favorite Players

This is the fourth installment of a week-long series of posts sponsored by EA Sports NCAA Football 2011. Thanks to everyone who has participated in the first several posts. I'll be posting two discussion topics this afternoon, and you'll have the weekend to mull them over in the comment section.

First, let's share our favorite Oregon State football players. These definitely aren't all of my favorites, but here are three who stick out: 

Mike Hass: What's not to love? Mike's journey from walk-on to Biletnikoff Award winner was incredible. His statistics speak from themselves, but the manner in which he was able to dominate the Pac-10 conference was unbelievable to watch. Some accolades:

- The first receiver in Oregon State and Pac-10 history to have three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and is only the 10th player in NCAA history to do so.
- Holds the Oregon State record and is third in the Pac-10 for receiving yards in a career with 3,924
- The only player in Oregon State and Pac-10 history with two 225-plus yards receiving games.
- His 293 receiving yards against Boise State in 2004 is an Oregon State and Pac-10 record for most receiving yards in a single game.
- His 14 receptions against Arizona State in 2004 is an Oregon State record for most receptions in a game.
- His 20 receiving touchdowns ties him for the school record for receiving touchdowns in a career.
- His 90 receptions in the 2005 season is an Oregon State record for most receptions in a single season.
- His 220 receptions in his college career is an Oregon State record for most receptions in a career
- His 1,532 receiving yards in the 2005 season is an Oregon State and Pac-10 record for most receiving yards in a single season.

And who can't love a guy who has his own rap song?

Alexis Serna

Alexis Serna ia another player who wrote a great story for himself during his years at Oregon State. He responded from one of the worst nightmares a college athlete could ask for in his first collegiate game and eventually became an All-American. Now, he's playing professionally in Canada. Serna finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history (384 points). 

Taylor Kavanaugh

Taylor Kavanaugh wasn't a standout player for the Beavers, but it's his work ethic and contribution off the field that I admire. Taylor fought for everything he received-- and took advantage of every opportunity. He was most often utilized as a holder and punt returner, and earned national attention when he became part of the All-State Good Works Team at the end of last year. He's traveled to Guatemala to build houses over Spring Break, traveled the South Pacific earlier this summer, and wrote a great weekly journal during last football season in the Oregonian. Taylor is an all-around impressive individual who embodies the culture that Mike Riley has created at Oregon State. 

Those are three that I came up with. Who are yours?

--Jake | (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)

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