Oregon State will be well represented when the NFL playoffs begin Saturday.
Thirteen former Beavers helped their teams reach the postseason.
Here is a breakdown of each player’s contributions:
Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots
The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner has been sensational in his first season with Tom Brady.
Cooks leads all New England wide receivers with 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. He trails only tight end Rob Gronkowski for the team lead in all categories.
Cooks, Gronkowski and running back Dion Lewis are the first trio in Patriots history to tally 1,000 yards from scrimmage in the same season.
A Stockton, California, native, Cooks starred at OSU from 2011-13. He was selected 20th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Ryan Allen, P, New England Patriots
A two-time Super Bowl champion, Allen is entering his fifth postseason with New England.
The lightly used Allen ranks just 30th in total punts this year, trailing only Atlanta’s Matt Bosher among regular starters. Allen had 41.4 percent of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line, the sixth-best average in the NFL.
Allen transferred to Louisiana Tech after spending two seasons in Corvallis. The West Salem High graduate redshirted in 2008 and was Johnny Hekker’s backup in 2009.
Steven Nelson, CB, Kansas City Chiefs
Nelson began the 2017 season on injured reserve and returned in late October, registering 41 tackles, four pass breakups and a forced fumble in nine games (seven starts). He started 15 games last year and collected 65 tackles while defending 16 passes.
A Georgia native, Nelson played at OSU from 2013-14 and was a third-round pick (98th overall) by Kansas City in the 2015 draft.
Jordan Poyer, S, Buffalo Bills
The pride of Astoria High had the game-sealing interception in Week 17 that clinched a 22-16 win at Miami, helping send Buffalo to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.
In his first campaign with the Bills, Poyer has 95 tackles, 13 pass breakups, five interceptions and two sacks. He returned a Brady interception 19 yards for a touchdown in late December.
That pick helped Poyer be named the AFC's defensive player of the month for December.
Poyer’s OSU career lasted from 2009 to 2012. He was taken by Philadelphia in the seventh round (218th overall) of the 2013 draft.
Isaac Seumalo, G, Philadelphia Eagles
Seumalo has appeared in 23 games, including six starts, for Philadelphia the past two seasons.
A Corvallis High graduate, Seumalo battled injuries during his OSU career that spanned from 2012-15. He was selected in the third round (79th overall) by Philadelphia in the 2016 draft.
Josh Andrews, C/G, Philadelphia Eagles
Andrews has played in 16 games during his four-year career with Philadelphia. He is currently on the Eagles’ practice squad.
Andrews was a three-year starter at OSU from 2011-13. He redshirted in 2009 and was a reserve in 2010.
Mike Remmers, OT, Minnesota Vikings
Remmers missed five games with various injuries in the middle of the season but has made 11 starts for the Vikings. He is in the second year of a five-year, $30 million contract.
The Jesuit High graduate and Portland native was a four-year starter at OSU from 2008-11.
Johnny Hekker, P, Los Angeles Rams
Arguably the best punter in the NFL, Hekker was named to his fourth Pro Bowl this year. He is a three-time first-team All-Pro.
Hekker netted 44.3 yards per punt during the 2017 regular season, second only to Tennessee’s Brett Kern.
A prep quarterback at Bothell High in Washington, Hekker has completed 9 of 15 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in the NFL. He wanted to play quarterback in college but wound up punting at OSU from 2008-11.
Sean Mannion, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Mannion made his first career NFL start Sunday afternoon, completing 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards in a 34-13 loss to San Francisco. He has been Jared Goff’s backup the past two years.
A third-round pick (89th overall) by the Rams in 2015, Mannion left OSU as the Pac-12’s all-time leading passer with 13,600 yards. Washington State’s Luke Falk surpassed that mark this year.
Mannion played at OSU from 2011-14.
Derek Anderson, QB, Carolina Panthers
A 13-year NFL veteran, Anderson has appeared in three games this season for the Panthers as Cam Newton’s backup.
The 34-year-old has thrown for 10,413 yards and 60 touchdowns during his pro career. Anderson was a 2007 Pro Bowl selection.
After starring at Scappoose High, Anderson played at OSU from 2001-04. He was a sixth-round selection (213th overall) by Baltimore in the 2005 draft.
Terron Ward, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Ward has appeared in 14 games this season, rushing for 129 yards on 30 carries.
The undersized back who attended OSU from 2011-14 is in his third year with Atlanta.
Andy Levitre, G, Atlanta Falcons
Levitre started all 16 games a season ago as Atlanta made it to the Super Bowl. He started 13 games this year but was placed on injured reserve earlier this week with a triceps injury.
Levitre suited up for the Beavers from 2005-08.
Sean Harlow, G, Atlanta Falcons
Harlow, a rookie, has not appeared in a game but is on Atlanta’s active roster.
He was a four-year starter at OSU from 2013-16.
— Compiled by Bob Lundeberg