LSU had a number of candidates for their team MVP this season from running back Jeremy Hill to quarterback Zach Mettenberger to Paul Hornung Award winner Odell Beckham, Jr, but the winner of the 2013 Charles McClendon Most Valuable Player award went to junior receiver Jarvis Landry at the team’s banquet Sunday night.
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Landry enters the New Years’ Day Outback Bowl vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes with a team-leading 75 receptions, 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns. Landry who could be among the first few wide receivers selected in the 2014 NFL Draft is chasing Wendell Davis for second place in single-season receptions and yards.
In 1986 Davis, who later was selected by the Chicago Bears 27th overall in the 1988 NFL Draft, had 80 grabs for 1,244 yards, so Landry needs six receptions and 73 yards to move into second place.
Landry served as both a security blanket and big-play threat for Mettenberger. Landry had six of his 10 scores coming on the critical down along with 453 of his 1,172 yards or 38.6 percent of his total yardage. While Beckham has built the reputation as the home run threat in the Tiger’s passing attack, Landry had 18 plays go for more than 20 yards, including seven touchdowns of at least 20 yards.
This remarkable catch vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks didn’t go for a score, but the skill required to pull it off is simply off-the-charts amazing and will go down as one of the best in LSU history.
What would be really great is if he wins the award next year even if that seems far-fetched at this point, but Landry is absolutely deserving of this award and honor and I’m sure he’s going to put on an MVP-caliber performance vs. Iowa on Jan. 1.