2012 Honorable Mention Freshman All-American (College Football News)
Considered by many to be the nation's overall No. 1 prospect to come out of the 2012 class, he'll be looking to establish himself as one of the top receivers in the country after a solid freshman season ... Came on strong in the second half of his freshman season, and the sky is the limit if he can continue that upward movement ... He'll begin his first spring camp at Mizzou listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at the X-receiver position.
Won honorable mention freshman all-American honors by College Football News for a year which included 28 receptions for 395 yards and a team-best 5 receiving TDs ... Production really picked up in the last half of the season, as he accumulated 21 of his 28 catches, 267 of his 395 yards and 4 of his 5 TDs in his final five games ... Closed the year with a 4-catch, 55-yard, 1-TD outing at Texas A&M, with his score coming on a beautiful leaping grab in the endzone for a 28-yard TD ... Had a 70-yard catch-and-run TD in the home finale against Syracuse on the third snap of the game which quickly put Mizzou up, 7-0 ... Ended that game with two receptions for 79 yards ... Had a solid first showing against Southeastern Louisiana, tying for the team lead with three receptions while hauling in 32 yards ... In the third quarter, hauled in a 29-yard reception, his longest of the game ... Was involved in the running game against Arizona State, picking up 19 yards on four carries ... Had just one catch against UCF but it was a big one, as he hauled in a pass down the seam from QB James Franklin, broke a tackle, and went 80-yards for a touchdown to give Mizzou a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter ... It was the longest reception at MU since Blaine Gabbert hit Danario Alexander for an 84-yard touchdown back in 2009 ... Did not play against Vanderbilt, and was held without a reception the next week against Alabama ... Led Mizzou with seven catches in Mizzou's 33-10 homecoming win over Kentucky, totaling 25 yards ... Led Mizzou in receptions for the second consecutive game with six grabs for 73 yards in the Tigers' 14-7 loss at Florida ... Had just two catches for the Tigers in the 51-48, four overtime win over Tennessee, but they were huge as they included a 25-yard TD strike on 4th-and-12 with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and a 10-yard catch on third down in the third overtime.
Ranked by Rivals as the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation at any position, as well as the nation's top wide receiver ... Revealed his selection live on ESPNU on National Signing Day in a nationally-televised ceremony ... ESPN ranked him as the No. 3 overall prospect in the country at any position, as well as the No. 1 receiver in the nation and the No. 1 player in the state of Missouri ... Named the national player of the year in 2011 by Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine, and USA Today ... Was also a two-time 1st-Team USA Today All-American selection ... Amassed a national prep record of 6,353 receiving yards and 75 receiving touchdowns ... Closed his prep career with eye-popping numbers which included 119 receptions for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior ... Named to every national All-American team, including the prestigious Parade All-American squad ... Made 78 catches as a junior for 1,703 yards and 15 scores ... His sophomore stats included 66 catches for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns, after he posted 37 catches for 801 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman.
Parents - John & Tracy Beckham ... Was coached at Hillcrest by his father John ... Chose Mizzou over virtually every major college football power, just a few of which included Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, among a slew of others.