Odell Beckham Jr College Career

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Odell Beckham Jr was born November 5, 1992. He is an  American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League.  Beckham played college football at nearby Louisiana State University , and was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his first season with the New York Giants, Beckham broke numerous NFL rookie receiving records, despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury. Beckham became the first player to record more than 75 receptions, 1,100 yards, and ten touchdowns in a rookie season.  Beckham came to national attention when he made a one-handed touchdown catch.  Beckham went on to win the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. In 2016, he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach both 200 career receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards.

Early Years

Beckham also played soccer growing up and considers English player David Beckham his childhood idol. His soccer club coaches offered Beckham a chance to try out for a junior national team program, but Beckham did not want to spend the required time overseas considering his talents in other sports at home.  In basketball, Beckham lettered all four years and was an all-district selection his junior and senior years. As a standout track & field athlete, Beckham followed in his mother’s footsteps to excel in the sprinting and jumping events while at Newman High. He took silver in the long jump event at the 2010 Newman Invitational.

College Career
As a true freshman at LSU in 2011, Beckham started nine of 14 games. He made his collegiate debut on September 3, 2011 against the Oregon Ducks. Against the Ducks, he had two receptions for 10 yards.

2012 career

As a sophomore in 2012, Beckham started 12 of 13 games for the Tigers. In the season opener against the North Texas Mean Green, he had his first collegiate career punt return touchdown, a 70-yard return in the first quarter.

2013 career

As a junior in 2013, he combined with Jarvis Landry to form one of the best wide receiver duos in college football. On September 7, in the game against UAB, Beckham had five receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns and returned a failed field goal attempt for a record long 109 yards and a touchdown. On October 26, Beckham had six receptions for a collegiate career-high 204 yards and two touchdowns. He was a first and second team All-Southeastern Conference selection. In his role as a wide receiver and return specialist, Beckham was named the winner of the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, presented annually to the most versatile player in major college foot.

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