All-Americans

All-Americans have come few and far between during Oregon State's 100 plus years of football. The eighties were a dark era with zero All-Americans with thirteen years passing (1979-1992) between All-Americans. Luckily the trend has started to change as 14 of the Beavers 39 total All-Americans have come since 2000.

The first Orange and Black All-American was half back Herman Abraham who earned the honor in 1916. The most recent All-American is Sammie Stroughter who was named as an all-purpose player.

The Beavers have had four two time All-Americans. Tackle John Witte first accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1956 with center John Didion making back to back teams in 1967 and 1968. The two most recent back to back All-Americans are running back Steven Jackson (2003, 2004) and receiver Mike Hass (2004, 2005).

Several freshman have made their way to All-American teams recently with offensive tackle Jeremy Perry accomplishing the feat in 2005, cornerback Brandon Browner in 2003, free safety Mitch Meeuwsen in 2001 and linebacker Richard Seigler, the first freshman in Beaver history to be named to an All-American team, in 2000.

The following individuals were selected first, second or third team All-American by UPI, Associated Press or The Sporting News. All text from the Oregon State football media guide.

Year Player Position
2006 Sammie Stroughter All-Purpose
2005 Jeremy Perry OT
2005 Mike Hass WR
2005 Alexis Serna PK
2004 Mike Hass WR
2004 Mitch Meeuwsen FS
2003 Brandon Browner CB
2004 Steven Jackson RB
2002 Steven Jackson RB

2000 Chris Gibson……………………………………C
2000 Richard Seigler*…………………………LB
2001 Dennis Weathersby………………….CB
2001 Mitch Meeuwsen*…………………………S
2002 Dennis Weathersby………………….CB
2002 Steven Jackson …………………………TB
2003 Steven Jackson …………………………TB
2003 Brandon Browner*……………………CB

1916 Herman Abraham …………………… HB
1921 George “Gap” Powell ………………. FB
1928 Howard Maple …………………………..QB
1933 Red Franklin ………………………………..HB
1933 Ade Schwammel …………………………..T
1939 Eberle Schultz…………………………….OG
1940 Vic Sears …………………………………………..T
1941 Quentin Greenough ……………………C
1946 Bill Gray …………………………………………….C
1955 John Witte…………………………………………T
1956 John Witte…………………………………………T
1958 Ted Bates……………………………………….OT
1962 Terry Baker ………………………………….QB
1963 Vern Burke ……………………………………SE
1964 Jack O’Billovich …………………………LB
1964 Rich Koeper………………………………….OT
1967 Jess Lewis ……………………………………DT
1967 Jon Sandstrom………………………………G
1967 John Didion……………………………………..C
1968 John Didion……………………………………..C
1968 Bill Enyart ……………………………………..FB
1970 Craig Hanneman ……………………….DT
1972 Steve Brown ………………………………..LB
1977 Jim Walker ……………………………………….C
1979 Steve Coury ………………………………….SE
1992 Fletcher Keister…………………………OG
1998 Inoke Breckterfield ………………….DE
2000 Ken Simonton………………………………TB
2000 DeLawrence Grant ………………….DE

SAMMIE STROUGHTER - 2006

Sammie Stroughter burst onto the scene in 2006 as a big play threat at wide receiver and as a punt returner after two seasons in the shadow of two-time All-American Mike Hass. Sammie was named as a third team All-American all-purpose player by the Associated Press following one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in Oregon State history. Sammie converted 74 receptions into 1,293 yards including a 223-yard game at Washington. In addition, Sammie returned three punts for touchdowns during the season to set a school record, including a memorable 70-yard return in one of the biggest upsets in OSU history over No. 3 USC.


HERM ABRAHAM • 1916

Herm was Oregon State’s first All-American in the sport. He led the Aggies to an upset at Michigan State in 1915. He earned All-American honors in 1916, after lettering three years.


TERRY BAKER • 1962

The Heisman Trophy winner was the nation’s most heralded athlete after leading OSU to a 1962 Liberty Bowl victory. Baker was a first team All-American in 1962, and in addition was named the Sportsman of the Year (SI), Helms oundation Award recipient, AP, UPI, and The Sporting News Player of the Year to name just a few. The two-time Oregon State team MVP played in the 1962
College All-Star Game. Baker also excelled in basketball where he helped the 1963 team to the Final Four. He was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980. His number 11 is retired at OSU. He is the only individual to win the Heisman Trophy and play in the Final Four. Baker was the first individual from the West Coast to win the Heisman.


TED BATES • 1958

Ted earned All-American acclaim as an offensive lineman in 1958, and was also named an All- Pacific-Coast Conference and All-
Coast selection. He played in the 1957 Rose Bowl and was the recipient of the 1958 Hayward Award for the top amateur athlete
in the state. Bates played in the East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl games. He played four NFL seasons with the Chicago
Cardinals. Bates was a 1996 inductee into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

INOKE BRECKTERFIELD • 1998

Inoke is one of Oregon State’s top all-time defensive linemen. He concluded his career by being selected a third-team All-American in 1998. Breckterfield played in the Hula Bowl after being selected first team All-Pac-10. He won the conference’s prestigious Morris Trophy, given to the league’s top defensive lineman. The Honolulu native ended his career as the school’s all-time leader for quarterback sacks with 19.5 and tackles-for-loss with 55.5. Brecketerfield signed a free agent contract with Edmonton of the CFL following his collegiate career and later played for Winnipeg and Toronto.

STEVE BROWN • 1972

Steve was a three-year varsity letterman from 1970-72. He earned All-American honors (1972) by nine organizations and publications, including seven first team selections, and he was a two-time All-Pac-8, two-time All-Coast and two-time
team defensive MVP selection. Brown came to OSU as a fullback before moving to the defensive side as a freshman. He had a school record 186 tackles as a senior. As a junior he led the team with 134 tackles and had four interceptions against defending conference champion Stanford. He also had 22 tackles in that same ’71 game vs. Stanford. At the conclusion of his OSU career he played in te East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl and Coaches All-American Bowl. Brown a the team captain of the West in the Shrine Game and co-captain of the North Squad in the Hula Bowl where he made 19 tackles and intercepted three passes. He also had 15 tackles and one interception in the Coaches All-American Bowl. He went on to play professionally for Calgary in 1973 and for the Portland Storm in 1974 before suffering a career-ending knee injury.

BRANDON BROWNER • 2003

Brandon Browner played just two seasons at Oregon State leaving after his sophomore year to pursue the NFL. Browner, a cornerback, was the second OSU player in the history of the program to declare himself eligible for the Draft prior to the end of his college eligibility. He redshirted in 2002 before earning 2003 Freshman All-American honors. The 6-4 Sylmar, Calif., native was the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

VERN BURKE • 1963

Vern is still considered one the best receivers ever to wear an Oregon State uniform. He caught 69 passes for 1,007 yards in
1962, both NCAA records at the time. At the time of his enshrinement into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, he held records for the most passes caught in one game (12) and career receiving touchdowns (19). He was a consensus All-American in 1963 and played five years of professional football. Burke played in the 1963 East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl games. He was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

STEVE COURY • 1979

Steve was by most accounts Oregon State’s MVP in the decade of the 1970’s. He was selected first team all-league in the Pac-10 as a senior in 1979. The offensive MVP also earned second team All-Coast. He played in the Blue-Gray Classic and East-West Shrine games. Coury set the record for career receiving yards (1,837) and receptions (135). He accounted for 142 receiving yards in a 1979 game. The four-year letterman went on to play at Ottawa in 1980 before embarking on a coaching career.

JOHN DIDION • 1967 & 1968

In 1968, Didion earned consensus All-American honors as a center. As a junior, he was a second team All-American selection by AP and UPI (1967). At the conclusion of his college career, he played in the Coaches All-America, Senior Bowl, Hula Bowl, College All-Star, and East-West Shrine games. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Washington Redskins and enjoyed a pro career that included stints with the Redskins, Saints, Bears and Seahawks.

BILL ENYART • 1968

Bill was the third all-time leading rusher in OSU history with 2,155 yards at the time of his induction into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He holds the OSU record for rushing yards in one game with 299 against Utah in 1968. He was a first team All-American in 1968 and was twice named All-Pacific-8. Enyart also was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. He was named the 1968 Hula Bowl Most Valuable Back. Enyart also played in the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine, College All-Star and the All-American Bowl games. He was drafted by Buffalo and later played for Oakland.

RED FRANKLIN • 1933

Red earned All-American honors in 1933. He had an outstanding career as a halfback and kick returner. At the time of his induction into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame, he held the second longest kickoff return in school history with 94-yard gallop against Fordham and San Francisco during the 1933 season. He played three years for Brooklyn of the NFL. Franklin was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.

CHRIS GIBSON • 2000

Chris Gibson lettered from 1998-2001 and is considered one of the program’s all-time best offensive centers. He was a third team All-American as a junior (2000) by the Associated Press and the College Football News after helping the team to the Fiesta Bowl title. He was a first team All-Pac-10 selection in 2000 and second team in 2001. Gibson also played in the O’ahu Bowl.

DELAWRENCE GRANT • 2000

DeLawrence Grant lettered at Oregon State as a defensive tackle during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, after transferring from El Camino College. Grant, who is one of the quickest defensive linemen in the history of the program, was a second team All-American by The Sporting News and Rivals.com and third team by the College Football News (2000). Grant was a first team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior and was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

BILL GRAY • 1946

Bill earned first team All-American status at center in 1946 after helping OSU to a 7-1-1 record. He lettered in 1942 before having his Oregon State career interrupted by WWII. Following his graduation, he was drafted by the NFL’s Washington Redskins, where he played two seasons.

QUENTIN GREENOUGH • 1941

Quentin played two seasons at Oregon State and stared at center in the 1942 Rose Bowl against Duke. As a senior he was named All-Coast and second team All-American (1941). He played in the 1944 East-West Shrine Game. He later served as
an assistant coach at Oregon State. Greenough was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

CRAIG HANNEMAN • 1970

A three-year letterman defensive lineman from 1968-70, he was selected a second team All-American in 1970 and first team All-
Pac-8 and All-Coast. He was named OSU’s 1968 Rookie of the Year and 1970 defensive MVP and team captain. Hanneman’s top
games included 13 tackles versus UCLA and 12 against California in the ’70 season. He also recovered two fumbles against Houston and had three tackles for loss for 33 yards against Oklahoma. At the conclusion of his senior season, he played in the Hula Bowl, Coaches All-American Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played for the club from 1972-73. He concluded his professional career with a New England Patriots form 1974-76.

MIKE HASS • 2004 & 2005

Mike Hass was named first team All-American in 2005 by the Walter Camp Foundation, ESPN.com and the Associated Press. His honors as a senior included earning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s premier receiver after making a school record 90 receptions for a Pac-10 record 1,532 yards. He concluded his career with 19 100-yard plus receiving yards games and was the first player in Pac-10 history with three 1,000-plus receiving yards seasons. He caught at least one pass in his last 30 games. For his career he accumulated 3,924 yards receiving, third in the history of the Pac-10 (Troy Walters, Stanford, 4.047). He
was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season. Hass was also selected the Male Oregon Amateur Athlete of the Year (Hayward Award) at the Oregon Sports Awards. Mike earned third team Associated Press All-American status as a junior in 2004. The first team All-Pac-10 Conference selection in 2004 broke the league record for receiving yards when he collected 293 at Boise State on Sept. 10 and later would add his name in the OSU record book for pass receptions in one game with 14 at Arizona State – all in ‘03. He led the Pac-10 and was third in NCAA Division I for receiving yards per game at
114.9 as a junior. He came to OSU originally as a walkon.

STEVEN JACKSON • 2002 & 2003

Steven earned third-team All-American by the Associated Press and honorable
mention All-American by College Football News and Sports Illustrated in 2003. He was a unanimous All-Pacific-10 Conference selection as a junior (’03) after rushing for 1,545 yards. He finished the ’03 season 10th in the nation for rushing and had 19 100-yard plus rushing games for his career, including 239 vs. California (’02), 230 vs. Stanford (’02), 227 vs. Fresno State (’02), and California(’03). Jackson, who announced after his MVP performance in the Las Vegas Bowl (149 yards, 5 tds vs. New Mexico) that he was entering the NFL Draft, finished his career 10th on the Pac-10 career rushing list with 3,625 yards. He
was named first team All-Pac-10 and third team All-American as a sophomore (2002) after rushing for 1,690 yards, the sixth-highest total by any conference player and most by a Pac-10 athlete from a school other than USC.

FLETCHER KEISTER • 1992

Fletcher earned third team All-American honors in 1992 after serving as the team’s co-captain. The offensive guard earned the team’s MVP honor. Keister, from Albany, Ore., started 24 consecutive games to end his career. Keister signed a free agent contract with the Houston Oilers after his senior season.

RICH KOEPER • 1964

Rich was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Oregon State’s history. He played in the 1962 Liberty Bowl and 1965 Rose
Bowl. He earned second team All-American honors as a senior (1964). Koeper also was an All-Pac-8 pick as a senior and first team All-Coast asa sophomore. He played in the 1964 Hula Bowl. He was drafted by Green Bay and played three seasons in the NFL. He later served as an assistant coach for the late Dee Andros.

JESS LEWIS • 1967

Jess Lewis was a 1967 All-American and two time All-Pac-8 Conference defensive tackle. He was selected the team MVP in 1969. He also was a standout wrestler, capturing three conference and two NCAA wrestling titles. In addition, Lewis competed in the 1968 World University and Olympic Games. He was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

HOWARD MAPLE • 1928

Howard lettered at Oregon State from 1926-28. He was a second team All-American quarterback as a senior (1928). He earned All-Coast recognition twice. Knute Rockne called him “the ideal quarterback.” He went on to play pro football for the Chicago Cardinals and baseball for the Washington Senators. Maple was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

MITCH MEEUWSEN • 2004

Mitch Meeuwsen left OSU in 2004 as arguably the school’s top safety in the history of the program. The 2004 Associated Press Third Team and ESPN.com First Team All-American ended his career as the program’s career leader for interceptions with 20. He was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior, given annually to the nation’s premier defensive back. Meeuwsen, from Forest Grove, started 40 consecutive games and played in three bowl games. He was invited to the Las Vegas All-American Classic following his senior year. Several organizations named him to their Freshman All-American teams in 2001. He made 217 career tackles.

JACK O’BILLOVICH • 1964

Jack earned All-American honors as a junior (1964) and helped Oregon State to the 1965 Rose Bowl. He also earned All-Coast as a junior and All-Pac-8 as a senior. He was the team captain as a senior and went on to play in the Hula Bowl and East-West
Shrine Game. O’Billovich played the 1967 season with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton TigerCats.

JEREMY PERRY • 2005

Jeremy Perry was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-American team in 2005. Perry started all 11 games at left guard and concluded the season earning Pac-10 Conference Co-Freshman of the Year honors.

GEORGE “GAP” POWELL • 1921

Powell lettered in football and track from 1918-21. He was a two-time All-Coast selection in football and earned All-American honors in 1921. Powell was also the 1920 Pacific Coast Conference shot champion. He was inducted into the State of Oregon
Hall of Fame in 1982.

JON SANDSTROM • 1967

Jon was a three-year starting defensive lineman from 1966-1968. He was a first team All-American as a junior (1967) and was a preseason All-American in 1968. Sandstrom earned first team All-Pac-8 as a senior and was named the team’s MVP. He played in the College All-Star Game, Hula Bowl, Senior Bowl and Coaches All-America Bowl at the conclusion of his college career. Sandstrom was drafted in the third round in 1969 by the Atlanta Falcons and would also play for the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

EBERLE SCHULTZ • 1939

Eberle played both ways on the line, but earned most of his accolades for his play on the offensive side of the ball. He earned first team All-Coast honors in 1939 and helped Oregon State post a 9-1-1 mark that season. He was drafted by Philadelphia in
the fourth round of the NFL Draft and played a total of six pro seasons, including stops in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

ADOLPHE “ADE” SCHWAMMEL •1933

Schwammel lettered in football from 1931-33, earningfirst team All-American and All-Pacific Coast as a senior (1933). He was one of the key players in the now illegal “pyramid play.” Schwammel played in the 1934 East-West Shrine Game. He won two professional titles in his six years with the Green Bay
Packers.

VIC SEARS • 1940

Vic was an All-American lineman in 1940, becoming the second lineman in school history to earn such acclaim. He lettered three seasons and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers at the conclusion of his college career. He never played for the Steelers, but
played for Philadelphia for 10 years. Sears, who played in the 1941 East-West Shrine Game, was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.

RICHARD SEIGLER • 2000

Richard is one of OSU’s top linebackers in the history of the program. He earned recognition as a freshman in 2000 by being named to the Freshman All- American teams by The Sporting News and Football News. The four-year letterman was a 2004 fourth
round NFL Draft selection of the San Francisco 49ers. The Las Vegas native was a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection (2002, ’03) and was a co-team MVP after his senior year. Seigler played in the Fiesta, Insight and Las Vegas Bowls during his career, and at the conclusion of his OSU playing days competed in the East-West Shrine Game. Seigler left OSU fourth
for career tackles with 356.

ALEXIS SERNA • 2005

Alexis Serna earned All-America honors in 2005 by the American Football Coaches Association and was a second team member by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation. Serna was honored with the Lou Groza Award, signifying the nation’s premier kicker. During his stellar sophomore season Serna made 23 of 28 field goal attempts and all 32 extra point tries. He tied the OSU record by making 15 consecutive field goals during the 2005 season. He broke an OSU record and tied the Pac-10 record with a 6-for-6 performance at Washington, earning him Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

KEN SIMONTON • 2000

Ken Simonton lettered from 1998-2001 and is considered one of the school’s best running backs ever. Simonton concluded his career with a school record 5,044 yards and at the time of his graduation was one of only six players in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000-plus yards in three different seasons. His 5,044 yards ranked second most ever in the conference, trailing only USC’s Charles White. When he left OSU, he held 11 school rushing marks. Simonton rushed for 100-plus yards 26 times during his 46-game OSU career, including three 200-yard plus marks. Simonton led OSU to the Fiesta and O’ahu Bowls, but he may be most remembered for scoring the winning touchdown in the 1998 overtime victory over Oregon. (2000)

JIM WALKER • 1977

Jim Walker earned Associated Press Honorable Mention honors as a center his senior season in 1977. He also was a member of the All-Pac-8 Conference and All-Coast second teams. The team captain also played in the Challenge Bowl in Seattle. He signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following his senior year.

DENNIS WEATHERSBY • 2001 & 2002

Dennis was arguably Oregon State’s top cornerback in the history of the program. He lettered from 1999-2002 and helped the program compete in the Fiesta, O’ahu and Insight Bowls. Weathersby was a standout on the field and in the classroom. He earned first team District VIII All-Academic honors as a junior and senior. As a senior he was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe
Award, given annually to the nation’s premier defensive back, earned second team All-American by The Sporting News and third
team All-American by Colllege Football News. He concluded his career by being selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and was later a fourth round selection in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. (2001-02)

JOHN WITTE • 1955 & 1956

John was a two-time All-American selection (1955-56), the only OSU player to ever achieve such status at the time of his playing career. He played in the 1957 Rose Bowl game against Iowa. He also was an outstanding wrestler, finishing second
at the NCAA Championships as a freshman. He was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

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