The LSU Tigers quarterback, Joe Burrow, won the Heisman Trophy award. While doing so, he left behind Oklahoma’s QB Jalen Hurts, Ohio State’s QB Justin Fields, and DE Chase Young. The award has been presented at the Playstation Theater in New York.
He became the second player in the history of LSU to win Heisman Trophy, next to Billy Cannon in 1959.
“My journey, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world,” said Burrow at the acceptance speech, during which he went very emotional, particularly while he spoke about his coach Ed Orgeron.
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His victory came with the highest percentage of first places won, 90.7%, and with the largest margin of victory, 1,846, which is more than the second-placed Hurts won all by himself. OJ Simpson set the previously held margin in 1968. So, there is nothing to be said after this, regarding whether he deserved to take this honor or not.
Burrow broke the single-season records in SEC for Most TD passes 48 and pass yards, 4,715, becoming the first-ever in this conference to have more than 4,000 yards and 40 TDs in one season. What makes his award impressive is that he managed to bounce back from a rough start at the college.
He redshirted his first year in Ohio State back in 2015, only to be a backup QB for the Buckeyes’ Dwayne Haskins. After realizing that he won’t get a chance to play regularly, Burrow decided to go to LSU in May of 2018. In his first season with the Tigers, he posted 2,894 yards, with 16 TDs and 5 interceptions, for a passer rating of 133.2
But his season he broke all the possible records, with the not that he still has chances to improve all of them. His LSU faces Oklahoma Sooners in the Peach Bowl next Saturday, in the CFP semifinals.
The main reason for such an improvement, according to his words, was his coach’s belief in him and constant pushing, which made him not only a better player but a better person also.
“You have no idea what you mean to my family,” said Burrow through tears. “I didn’t play for three years. You took a chance on me, not knowing I could play or not. I am forever grateful to you.”
The entire crowd was silent up until the point when he told that LSU needs to give Orgeron a lifetime contract. It is no wonder why coach O tells everybody that Burrow is his most important recruitment in history.
During his speech, Burrow mentioned each one of his offensive lineman, his tight ends, and was more than thankful to all of his teammates who helped him achieve such a stunning rise in his young career.
He will have a chance to repay himself against Ohio State. The No.1 Tigers are massive favorites against the No.4 Buckeyes by 13 points. According to all of the bookies, LSU is by far the biggest favorite for taking the title in the first place and dethroning Clemson. Right now, LSU sits at +120, while both Ohio and Clemson are at +205. Oklahoma’s win would be a sensation, +1200.
Definitely, the keys to winning the LSU’s ninth title in history are in Burrow’s hands. The Peach Bowl will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
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