LSU wide receiver and kick returner, Odell Beckham, Jr. was named as one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award given to the most versatile player in college football the Louisville Sports Commission announced Thursday afternoon. The Dynamic junior is one of the most electrifying players when the ball is in his hands and is second in the nation with an average of 209 all-purpose yards per game.
Beckham has accounted for 1,051 receiving yards, 790 kickoff return yards, 116 punt return yards, 100 yards on a missed field goal return vs. UAB and 33 rushing yards for a total of nine touchdowns. He is on pace to break the SEC record for all-purpose yards set by Kentucky’s Randall Cobb in 2010 and could be a second round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft should he decide to forgo his senior season in Baton Rouge.
The other four nominees for the award include:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Aggies
Myles Jack, RB/LB, UCLA
Marion Grice, RB/KR, Arizona State Sun Devils
Antonio Andrews, RB and all-purpose specialist, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The award is named for the former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers standout who lined up in every position in the backfield while adding placekicking, punting and defensive duties at safety to his duties while winning the 1956 Heisman Trophy and later an NFL MVP. He is enshrined in the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The award was created in 2010 and the fourth annual winner will be announced Jan, 28 and you can vote for the award and help ensure your pick gains the distinction of college football’s most versatile player. West Virginia’s Tavon Austin won the award last year before being a top-10 pick this year.