Posted: Dec 13, 2013 11:49 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2013 11:49 AM
LOUISVILLE - LSU wide receiver and return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. has won the fourth annual Paul Hornung award.
The award is given to college football's most versatile player by the Louisville Sports Commission.
Beckham Jr. shattered the LSU single season record for all-purpose yards this season.
"It's just an honor and a blessing to even be mentioned with these guys who are up for the Hornung Award," said Beckham Jr. "I am proud to accept the award and thank the committee for recognizing me and the fans for voting."
Beckham Jr. racked up 2,222 all-purpose yards to break Domanick Davis' school record of 2,120 yards set in 2002.
That included the second highest kick return yardage total with 806 yards and another 141 yards on punt returns. He also caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns.
The New Orleans native heads into the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day just 174 yards shy from tying the Southeastern Conference all-purpose record of 2,396 held by Kentucky's Randall Cobb in 2010. He is currently third in SEC single-season all-purpose history.
His biggest game of the year came in week two. He had 331 total yards - highlighted by the first missed short field goal return for a touchdown in school history. Beckham Jr. raced 108 yards from the back of the endzone for the score.