The OSU football program has produced dozens of NFL products over the past few decades. A handful of that group has even gone on to win the biggest game there is. Of course, we’re talking about the Super Bowl.
Most recently, we saw Ryan Murphy and the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers and before that, Brandon Browner won Super Bowl 49 with the New England Patriots and Super Bowl 48 with the Seattle Seahawks.
Super Sunday is here once again and it will end with at least one former Beav being crowned a champion. The question is, who will it be?
The defending champion New England Patriots effort to add a 6th ring to Tom Brady’s hand(s) will be aided by former Beav wider receiver Brandin Cooks. Now in the fourth year of his professional career, the former Biletnikoff winner and first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints joined New England this past offseason via trade.
In the regular season this year, Cooks caught 65 balls on 114 targets for 1,082 yards. He was the Pats’ second-leading receiver behind tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had just two more yards than he did. Add seven touchdowns to that, and it was another impressive year for the Stockton, California native. Cooks comes into Sunday with nine catches in the two postseason games that New England has played so far for 132 yards. He’s still looking for that first postseason touchdown. With questions surrounding Gronkowski’s ability to play to his fullest potential due to injury, expect Cooks to be heavily targeted in Brady’s pass attack.
The challengers out of the NFC are fighting an uphill battle with a backup quarterback in Nick Foles. Fortunately for them, they also have a talented offensive backfield and a defense that has risen to the challenge all year. But where we could see some former Beavs make an impact for Philly is along the offensive line.
While his Oregon State career was hampered by injury, Isaac Seumalo was one of the top recruits in the nation out of Corvallis High School. During his OSU tenure, he started 37 games playing at four out of the five o-line slots. Seumalo is wrapping up his second year in the NFL after being drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2016 draft.
Seumalo has been an important reserve lineman for the Eagles each of the last two seasons playing in 23 games (14 this year). He’s listed second on Philly’s depth chart for both the right guard and right tackle position. So if someone on the line needs a breather or gets an injury, look for Seumalo to jump in for some snaps.
Former OSU offensive lineman Josh Andrews (below) is also listed as a member of Philadelphia’s practice squad. So he won’t see time in the Super Bowl, but if Philly is able to pull off the upset, he’ll still get a ring. Andrews started 25 consecutive games for the Beavs as a junior and senior. He signed with Philly as an undrafted free agent back in 2014.
Who’s your pick for the latest installment of the big game? How will these former Beav standouts perform on the game’s biggest stage?
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