Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) reacts and celebrates after they scored a touchdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Outback Bowl Report Cards: Wide Receivers

2013 was a great year for LSU wide receivers. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. combined to be the most successful wide receiver duo in school’s history. They were the first LSU pair to both have over 1000 yards receiving in a season. All season they had an elite quarterback throwing them the ball, in senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger. In the Outback Bowl they were without their trusted signal caller and their production suffered. Mettenberger wasn’t able to play due to an acl tear he suffered in the Arkansas game.

Jennings struggled to get the ball to his receivers all game long. He only had seven completions the entire night, and this was not due to a poor performance by the receivers.

Alfred Blue and Connor Neighbors combined for three of the seven catches. Blue had one reception for 17 yards and Neighbors had two for nine yards.

Landry and Beckham were both held significantly below their season averages. Both star receivers on had two grabs on the night. Landry had 21 yards receiving and Beckham ended with 35. Beckham really had to work for his receptions. Mid-way through the third quarter on third and long, Anthony Jennings slightly over threw Beckham, but Beckham was able to reach out and pull down a sensational one handed catch for a 29 yard gain.

Statistically speaking it wasn’t a good night for the wide receivers but it really was not their fault that their quarterback wasn’t able to get them the ball.

 Wide receivers Outback Bowl grade: C


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