NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit OSUBeavers.com.
BF.C All-Decade Team
|Lettered at OSU: 2002-05|
|High school: Jesuit HS | Portland, OR|
2005 first team All-Pac-10, 2005 Biletnikoff Winner, 2005 first team
Associated Press, ESPN and Walter Camp Foundation All-American, played in
2006 East-West Shrine
Game, selected the 2005 Male Oregon Amateur Athlete of the Year (Hayward Award)
at the Oregon Sports Awards, 2004 first team All-Pac-10,
2004 third team Associated press All-American
What others say: Former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino - "He does a good job on the line of scrimmage, runs really good routes, has good hands and adjusts to the football as well as anyone I've watched in a while."
Career synopsis: There have certainly been more athletically gifted players that have suited up at Oregon State, but few, if any, had more solid hands and ran more razor sharp routes than Mike Hass.
From leaping in the air, to tipping the ball to himself, Hass would haul in the pigskin if it was anywhere in his vicinity - and sometimes when it wasn't. His hand eye coordination and body control were off the charts as he caught at least one pass in his last 30 games while he topped the 100-yard receiving mark 19 times.
After earning a scholarship in 2002 Hass became the first player in school history and just the 10th in NCAA history to have three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
In 2005 he led the nation in receiving yards (1,532) and receiving yards per game (139.4). As a result he was given the Fred Biletnikoff Award which is awarded to the best receiver in college football.
Although he played just three seasons as a starter Hass smashed school and Pac-10 records:
Career statistics: 220 receptions for 3,924 yards (17.8 ypc) and 20 touchdowns
Runner up: James Newson (2000-2003) - Often lost in the shuffle when talking about great Beaver receivers Newson, like Hass, was another player who had a knack for pulling down passes in traffic. The 2003 first team all-conference selection wasn't the most disciplined route runner, but he had tremendous upper body strength, a 34-inch vertical and rarely dropped a pass. When he graduated in 2003 he owned the school record for receptions in a season, career touchdown catches, pass receptions and receiving yards. Newson is second in career receiving yardage (3,572) and streak of passes caught in a game (37). Quarterback Jonathan Smith's favorite target during his career? "James is better than any of them (Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Robert Prescott). Out of those four guys, if it came down to needing to get somebody open for one play, I would take J-New."
Also worthy of mention: Anthony Wheat-Brown (2004-2007)