The Paul Hornung Award is given out to the collegiate player that is deemed to be the most versatile. This year, the winner is LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Last season, Beckham was a dynamic returner who showed some ability as a receiver. This year, he has become a terrific receiver who is also a weapon on special teams, making him a threat to score on just about every play.
In 12 games, Beckham has caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and 8 touchdowns. Teams kicked away from him quite a bit, so he was only able to return 14 punts this year for 141 yards. He had 806 yards on 30 kick returns and 58 yards rushing.
Overall, Beckham had 2,222 total yards on the season, averaging an impressive 20.8 yards per play and 185.2 yards per game. Beckham, along with his teammate Jarvis Landry formed one of the most talented and dynamic receiver duos in all of college football this season and helping the Bayou Bengals to one of the most potent offenses they have had in the past decade, helping LSU get to a 9-3 record. Beckham will have at least one more game as the Tigers play Iowa on New Year’s Day in the Outback Bowl before Beckham has to decide whether or not he wants to stay for another year or declare for the NFL Draft.
Congratulations to Beckham on the award.