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LSU Alums Hill and Backham Golden in NFL

The Saints’ season is retro, evoking the paper bag era. And, LSU’s 8-4 record was a disappointment to most Tiger faithful. However, the purple and gold still provided a reason to watch the NFL on a Sunday even when the struggling Saints are playing on Monday. LSU alumni and pro rookies Jeremy Hill and Odell Beckham, Jr. posted an impressive Sunday (12.14.)


Despite the New York Football Giants pathetic showing this season, Beckham made national headlines with a three fingered catch that some pundits have labeled as the “best ever.” Today, the rookie continued his hot streak catching 12 passes from New Orleans native Eli Manning for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns.


Beckham’s 829 yards broke former Saint Jeremy Shockey’s record for most yards Giants rookie. The phenom also set a second record by notching over 90 yards in seven straight games. Beckham’s five games with 100 plus yards provides lagniappe. The LSU product is now a favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year.


In Cincinnati, Running Back Jeremy Hill turned heads with by posting downright gaudy numbers agains Bengals’ nemesis, the Cleveland Browns. Hill ran for 148 yards on 25 carries, and carried the ball into the end zone twice. Hill also agitated Browns fans by mocking Cleveland royalty LeBron James’ signature half throw in his celebration. Over the season, he has rushed 152 times for 729 yards.


The performances should come as no surprise to LSU fans. In his three years at the University, Beckham caught 143 passes for 2340 yards. He holds the school’s single season record for all purpose yards (2315 in 2013) and kickoff return yards (175 vs. Georgia in 2013.) Over two years starting for the Tigers, Hill recorded 2156 yards on 345 carries. His average of 6.9 yards per carry is an SEC record.

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