Last season the comparison was made that Brandin Cooks was Robin to Markus Wheaton's Batman in Oregon State's dynamic receiving duo. Now Wheaton has moved on to the NFL and Cooks is ready to shed his sidekick status.
He says it means that he's going to have to work harder, carry the load and be a leader to the players coming up - just as Wheaton did.
The Beavers went 9-4 and finished third in the tough Pac-12 North, coming in at No. 20 in the final AP Top 25. It was a dramatic turnaround after the team went a disappointing 3-9 the season before.
Wheaton and Cooks were perhaps the highlight of Oregon State's offense, each with more than 1,000 yards receiving to become the second duo in school history to hit those numbers.