LSU junior wide receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr. has been named as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s most outstanding wide receiver on Monday. Beckham Jr. has 51 receptions for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns so far for the No. 22 ranked Tigers.
His 1,051 yards places him just outside the top five in single-season history and with 13 yards shy of cracking the top five should enter that on his first catch vs. Texas A&M on Saturday. Beckham is one of best deep threats in college football with 24 receptions of 20 yards or more on the year which is good for third in the nation.
Beckham doubles up as one of the top return men in the country and is closing in on breaking the SEC single-season record held by Randall Cobb who amassed 2,396 with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2010. Beckham needs 307 yards to be the new record holder. He may not get that mark this Saturday–although I wouldn’t bet against him–but he will break the LSU record set in 2002 by Domanick Davis with 31 all-purpose yards.
The three finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25 with the winner announced The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. on ESPN. Marqise Lee of USC won the award last year. You can vote for Beckham and help ensure that the LSU receiver is in the mix for the award.
2013 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Willie Snead, Ball State
Sammy Watkins, Clemson