Five Tigers land on All-SEC freshman team

Odell Beckham, Kenny Hilliard and Brad Wing lead the way for LSU's five player contingent.

Five members of the LSU football team earned spots on the SEC coaches’ Freshman All-SEC team revealed Thursday: Odell Beckham Jr., James Hairston, Kenny Hilliard, Anthony Johnson and Brad Wing.


LSU’s five selections are the most by any SEC team. Tennessee had four selections as did Arkansas, including Honorary Captain Garrett Uekman, who died in late November from an undetected heart condition.


Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham Jr. ranks second on the team with 36 receptions for 437 yards, and the New Orleans native also hauled in two touchdowns this season – a 52-yard score at West Virginia and a 51-yarder against Kentucky.


Hairston handled the kickoff duties for LSU in the last 10 games of the season and had 16 kickoffs go for touchbacks. He boomed five of eight kickoffs for touchbacks against Arkansas, which is the most touchbacks in a game since Chris Jackson had five against Arizona on Sept. 9, 2006.


Hilliard has rushed for 320 yards and is tied for the team lead with eight rushing touchdowns this season. The Patterson native earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors against Arkansas when he set a career high with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. A week later Hilliard exploded for a season-best three touchdowns, all in the third quarter, against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.


Johnson has recorded 12 tackles this season, including three tackles for a loss, and he recorded his first career sack at Mississippi State.


Brad Wing

A First-Team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and second-teamer by the coaches, Wing placed 46 percent of his punts (23 of 50) inside the opponent’s 20-yard line during the season, and he kicked the third-longest punt in school history – a 73-yarder at Alabama on Nov. 5. That punt tied Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell for the longest of any punter in the SEC this season.



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