Odell Beckham had the game of his life in the LSU Tigers win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night, but that wasn’t enough to win the SEC offensive player of the week award which went to his quarterback, Zach Mettenberger.
Mettenberger certainly was deserving after throwing for 340 yards while completing 25 of his 29 pass attempts for a staggering 86.2 completion percentage and two touchdown passes–both to Beckham.
The junior receiver’s 11-yard score came right before halftime with LSU trailing and a 33-yard touchdown receptions as part of his nine reception evening with 179 yards to break his previous career-high by 46 yards.
Alas, it’s tough for a wide receiver to win the award when he is dependent on the quarterback to get him the ball who is simultaneously piling up state, and that’s one reason why wide receivers almost never win the Heisman trophy, let alone get an invite.
Beckham leads the SEC in all-purpose yards by a wide margin with 1,369 yards and nearly doubled up Mike Davis from South Carolina who has 795. He is third in the conference with 686 receiving yards to put him 24 yards behind Texas A&M Aggies receiver Mike Evans.
This was not just a one game blip on the radar for Beckham who now has four, 100-yard games on the season to be one half of the best receiving duo in the nation with Jarvis Landry who is quickly developing into a first round talent for the 2014 NFL draft.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry of #LSU have combined for more receiving yds (1,302) than 8 SEC teams have passed for the entire season.
— Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin) October 7, 2013
Beckham has not gotten the acclaim and recognition that he deserves this season playing alongside Landry, star tailback Jeremy Hill and Mettenberger, but this was a prime opportunity to give him the award he richly deserved.
In true Beckham fashion though he is proud of his teammate and will look to continue their success vs. the vaunted Florida Gators defense and star cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, the reigning defensive player of the week, from Tiger Stadium at 2:30.