DALLAS – LSU wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. added to his collection of postseason honors as he was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s All-America first team as a kick returner, the organization announced Wednesday.
Beckham Jr. is the 20th first-team All-America selection at LSU under Les Miles dating back to the 2005 season.
He was one of a nation-leading seven first-team members from the Southeastern Conference. The Atlantic Coast Conference was second with six first-team selections.
It marks the fourth straight year LSU placed at least one player on the FWAA All-America first team. Safety Eric Reid earned the distinction in 2012, cornerback Morris Claiborne, cornerback/return specialist Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Sam Montgomery were on the first team in 2011, and placekicker Josh Jasper was honored in 2010.
A junior from New Orleans, Beckham Jr. shattered the LSU single-season all-purpose yardage record as he racked up 2,222 yards, breaking Domanick Davis’ mark of 2,120 yards set in 2002.
Beckham Jr. caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. He also recorded the second-most kick return yardage total in LSU history with 806 yards on 30 returns. Beckham Jr. added 14 punt returns for 141 yards as well as a 100-yard return for a touchdown off a missed field goal in the second week of the season against UAB.
He heads into the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day just 174 yards shy of tying the SEC single-season all-purpose record of 2,396 held by Kentucky’s Randall Cobb in 2010. Beckham Jr. is currently third in SEC single-season all-purpose history.
This honor marks the second first-team selection for Beckham Jr. as he was named a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player by CBSSports.com. He also earned a spot on the AP All-America third team as an all-purpose player.
No. 14 LSU takes on Iowa in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is set for noon CT in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase at www.LSUtix.net.
FWAA All-America Teams
QB 5 Jameis Winston Florida State 6-4 228 Fr. Bessemer, Ala.
RB 25 Ka’Deem Carey Arizona 5-10 207 Jr. Tucson, Ariz.
RB 44 Andre Williams Boston College 6-0 227 Sr. Schnecksville, Pa.
WR 7 Brandin Cooks Oregon State 5-10 186 Jr. Stockton, Calif.
WR 13 Mike Evans Texas A&M 6-5 225 So. Galveston, Texas
TE 22 Jace Amaro Texas Tech 6-5 260 Jr. San Antonio, Texas
OL 71 Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama 6-6 310 Jr. Hyattsville, Md.
OL 75 Jake Matthews Texas A&M 6-5 305 Sr. Missouri City, Texas
OL 68 Cyril Richardson Baylor 6-5 340 Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
OL 54 David Yankey Stanford 6-5 313 Sr. Roswell, Ga.
C 52 Bryan Stork Florida State 6-4 300 Sr. Vero Beach, Fla.
DL 97 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh 6-0 285 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
DL 93 Trent Murphy Stanford 6-6 261 Sr. Mesa, Ariz.
DL 52 Michael Sam Missouri 6-2 255 Sr. Hitchcock, Texas
DL 91 Marcus Smith Louisville 6-3 252 Sr. Columbus, Ga,
LB 44 Chris Borland Wisconsin 5-11 246 Sr. Kettering, Ohio
LB 46 Khalil Mack Buffalo 6-3 248 Sr. Fort Pierce, Fla.
LB 32 C.J. Mosley Alabama 6-2 238 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
DB 6 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama 6-1 208 Jr. Orlando, Fla.
DB 31 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State 5-11 197 Sr. Dry Branch, Ga.
DB 4 Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State 6-0 200 Sr. Huntsville, Texas
DB 20 Lamarcus Joyner Florida State 5-8 190 Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
K 4 Anthony Fera Texas 6-2 208 Sr. Cypress, Texas
P 43 Tom Hornsey Memphis 6-3 210 Sr. Geelong, Australia
KR 3 Odell Beckham Jr. LSU 6-0 193 Jr. New Orleans, La.
PR 3 Ryan Switzer North Carolina 5-10 175 Fr. Charleston, W. Va.
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year: Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Outland Trophy: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Bronko Nagurski Trophy: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
QB 10 AJ McCarron Alabama 6-4 214 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
RB 21 Tre Mason Auburn 5-10 205 Jr. Palm Beach, Fla.
RB 25 Bishop Sankey Washington 5-10 203 Jr. Spokane, Wash.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett Kansas State 5-11 175 Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
WR 8 Allen Robinson Penn State 6-3 210 Jr. Southfield, Mich.
TE 85 Eric Ebron North Carolina 6-4 245 Jr. Greensboro, N.C.
OL 61 Gabe Jackson Mississippi State 6-4 340 Sr. Liberty, Miss.
OL 74 Jack Mewhort Ohio State 6-6 308 Sr. Toledo, Ohio
OL 73 Greg Robinson Auburn 6-5 320 So. Thibodaux, La.
OL 68 Brandon Scherff Iowa 6-5 315 Jr. Denison, Iowa
C 55 Hroniss Grasu Oregon 6-3 297 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.
DL 3 Vic Beasley Clemson 6-2 235 Jr. Adairsville, Ga.
DL 44 Jackson Jeffcoat Texas 6-5 250 Sr. Plano, Texas
DL 8 Timmy Jernigan Florida State 6-2 292 Jr. Lake City, Fla.
DL 44 Ryan Mueller Kansas State 6-2 245 Jr. Leawood, Kan.
LB 11 Anthony Barr UCLA 6-4 245 Sr. San Pedro, Calif.
LB 2 Ryan Shazier Ohio State 6-2 230 Jr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
LB 11 Shayne Skov Stanford 6-3 245 Sr. Guadalajara, Mexico
DB 14 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Oregon 5-10 185 Jr. Chino Hills, Calif.
DB 31 E.J. Gaines Missouri 5-11 195 Sr. Independence, Mo.
DB 29 Ed Reynolds Stanford 6-2 206 Sr. Stoneville, N.C.
DB 2 Jason Verrett TCU 5-10 176 Sr. Fairfield, Calif.
K 85 Nate Freese Boston College 5-11 192 Sr. Strongsville, Ohio
P 15 Richie Leone Houston 6-3 215 Sr. Roswell, Ga.
KR 7 Ty Montgomery Stanford 6-2 215 Jr. Dallas, Texas
PR 3 Jamison Crowder Duke 5-9 175 Jr. Monroe, N.C.