LSU junior wide receiver and returner Odell Beckham, Jr. has been named to a number of All-American teams already this week and on Wednesday was named to the first-team by the Football Writers Association of America as the first-team kick returner.
You can see the entire FWAA All-American Team, including the first ever edition with a 2nd team.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the FWAA and voted for Beckham in the kick returner slot when I cast my ballot earlier this year.
Beckham is 174 all-purpose yards shy of breaking Randall Cobb’s single-season SEC mark he set with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2010. Beckham broke the LSU single-season mark in the win vs. the Texas A&M Aggies and with a big game vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl could be the conference’s leader before potentially departing for the NFL.
Beckham’s 806 yards on 30 kickoff returns is the second most in program history and even added a 100-yard return of a missed field goal in the Tiger’s win vs. the UAB Blazers.
He also had his finest season as a receiver, reeling in 57 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns as he combined with Jarvis Landry to become the first set of LSU receivers and third set of SEC receivers to each have 1,000 yards in the same year.
With his inclusion on the FWAA team, Beckham has now been named to All-American teams by the AP, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com.
The FWAA has selected All-American teams since 1944 and with the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and also the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).