Cookus Named Pac-10 Defensive Player Of The Week

Nov. 21, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Oregon State junior safety Jake Cookus was named the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the conference. The honor was the first of Cookus' career.

Cookus had three of Oregon State's five pass interceptions in OSU's 23-13 win over Oregon on Nov. 18, as the Beavers claimed a share of the Pac-10 title. The three interceptions were the most by any player in the Pac-10 this year. He also broke up a pass in the win.

Cookus, from Roseburg, Ore., leads the Beavers and is tied for the Pac-10 lead with five picks this season, and has seven for his career. He totaled 24 tackles and blocked a kick in addition to breaking up seven passes on the year.

Oregon State players have been honored by the conference six times this season.

Quarterback Carson Palmer of USC received Offensive Player of the Week honors while USC kicker David Bell took Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith and punter Mike Fessler were also nominated.

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