Odell Beckham, Jr. needed 31 yards to set the new single-season record at LSU for all-purpose yards and the junior wide receiver/return man broke the record of 2,120 held by Domanick Davis set in 2002 on a 17-yard kickoff return in the second quarter vs. Texas A&M. He had a 14-yard punt return and an eight-yard reception earlier in the game.
Beckham entered Saturday afternoon’s game with the Aggies ranked second in the nation with 209 all-purpose yards per game and is on pace to break the SEC single-season record held by former Kentucky Wildcats multipurpose threat and current Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. The 2,396 yards by Cobb could be eclipsed in next Friday’s game vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks or at the latest in the team’s bowl game.
It’s been a great week personally for Beckham who was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s most outstanding receiver and also one of five finalists for the Paul Hornung Award given to the nation’s most versatile player. One of the finalists for that award is Johnny Manziel who is only the third player to play in Tiger Stadium after winning the Heisman trophy.
The icing on the cake for Beckham will be a win over the Aggies. LSU leads 14-3 with five minutes to go in the first half at the time Beckham broke the record.