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02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 27. *Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU, 5-11, 193, 4.49, 1-2...Great genetics are obvious for Beckham, whose father was a running back at LSU and mother, the former Heather Van Norman, was a six-time All-American Track and national champion sprinter for the Lady Tigers. Little wonder that Beckham is smooth afoot and an explosive return man. However he lacks truly elite speed and is less than average in height. Last season he caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns and returned punts. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/19/14 - A record 98 underclassmen, including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May. The league released the list of early entrants Sunday and said the number has risen six straight seasons. The deadline for underclassmen to apply was Jan. 15. Last year, 73 underclassmen entered the draft. The year before it was 65 and in 2011 it was 56. Also, four players who recently graduated and still have eligibility left are joining the draft class but aren't included in the number. Most notable among those is Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Southern California defensive back Dion Bailey, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard are also juniors who have informed the league they have graduated.
Among the early entrants expected to be selected near the top of the draft are Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, Clowney, the defensive end from South Carolina, and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. The draft is May 8-10 in New York. LSU for the second straight season had the most players of any school to leave early. The Tigers had seven early entrants this season, including wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., after 11 LSU players left early last year. - AP Sports
12/13/13 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER: After shattering an LSU single-season record for all-purpose yards, junior wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. won the fourth annual Paul Hornung Award as major college football’s most versatile player, the Louisville Sports Commission announced on Friday morning. Beckham Jr. captured the trophy named in honor of the legendary Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame and NFL MVP for the Green Bay Packers. A panel of 16 journalists, former NFL stars and a fan vote were tabulated. Beckham Jr. bested four other exceptional players who were finalists: Arizona State’s Marion Grice, Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCLA’s Myles Jack.
“It’s just an honor and a blessing to even be mentioned with these guys who are up for the Hornung Award,” said Beckham Jr. “I am proud to accept the award and thank the committee for recognizing me and the fans for voting. “It means a lot to me personally because I have worked extremely hard well before this season started. I had great teammates help me along the way, especially on kickoff and punt returns. None of the opportunities to display my versatility would be possible if it weren’t for my teammates and coaches putting me in a position to succeed.”
Beckham Jr. turned in arguably the most explosive season in LSU football history, racking up 2,222 all-purpose yards to break Domanick Davis’ school record of 2,120 yards set in 2002. Beckham Jr. caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. He also recorded the second-highest kick return yardage total in LSU history with 806 yards on 30 returns. Beckham Jr. added 14 punt returns for 141 yards. - LSU football
12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP - Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU...Beckham Jr. leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 185.2 yards per game. He set the LSU single-season record with 2,222 all-purpose yards and ranks third in SEC single-season history. The New Orleans native is 174 yards away from tying the SEC single-season all-purpose record of 2,396 held by Kentucky’s Randall Cobb in 2010. - LSU football
12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RS - Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU...Beckham Jr. leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 185.2 yards per game. He set the LSU single-season record with 2,222 all-purpose yards and ranks third in SEC single-season history. The New Orleans native is 174 yards away from tying the SEC single-season all-purpose record of 2,396 held by Kentucky’s Randall Cobb in 2010. - LSU football