BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The depth of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry's friendship can be seen whenever the LSU receivers eat out together.
Landry playfully pops a straw through the end of its wrapper and ceremoniously extends it to Beckham. It's the same shtick employed by servers at the famous Camellia Grill, where Landry first ate while visiting with Beckham at his family's uptown New Orleans home. Now it's also an inside joke between arguably the best receiving tandem in college football.
Inseparable off the field, Landry and Beckham are constantly pushing one another to excel on it, all to the enormous benefit of an LSU passing game that is the best it has been in years.
"We're all like brothers, but those two are like twins," LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander said of the junior receivers. "They work with each other. They have confidence in each other. They want each other to succeed. ... It's special to watch — two guys like that being as close as they are."
Through seven games, Beckham and Landry have combined to make 83 catches for 1,407 yards and 13 touchdowns. Both exhibit an exceptional athleticism and football I.Q. that make them difficult for opposing defense to adequately cover simultaneously. Now they're Mississippi's problem. The Rebels host the No. 6 Tigers on Saturday night.
"They're great receivers. Good hands, great speed," said Ole Miss safety Trae Elston. "We've just got to figure out a way to stop them."
Landry has made 46 catches for 674 yards and seven TDs. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger often looks for him over the middle, where Landry made one of his most spectacular catches this season at Georgia — a leaping grab in traffic converging with such force that the receiver's helmet was knocked off.
Beckham, who has 37 catches for 733 yards and six TDs, plays with a showmanship that belies the humility with which he handles himself in daily life. He's been known to snag kickoffs with one hand. His vision and speed led coach Les Miles to refer to him as "a big play waiting to happen" in both the receiving game and on special teams. Beckham has two receptions this season that went for more than 40 yards. He also returned a missed field goal attempt 100 yards for a score.
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