This past spring, LSU implemented a new “wide-open” offense. In seasons past, the Tigers built their identity as a program off of their power-run game and hard-nosed defense. For a long time, the plan worked and LSU became a national powerhouse in college football. However, in the past few seasons, the offense always seemed to stall when the unit was needed most. Four games into this season, that has all changed for the Tigers and redshirt senior quarterback Joe Burrow is a big reason why.
The signal caller is lighting up opposing defenses, literally. Last weekend, he had a record-setting day in LSU’s 66-38 victory at Vanderbilt. The Athens, Ohio native passed for six touchdowns during the contest, thus breaking a school record. At this point, Burrow is looking like the second-coming of Peyton Manning while leading the Tigers high-octane offense. The team is currently ranked number four overall in the country, sitting undefeated with a 4-0 record.
For the season, Joe has thrown for 1,520 yards and 17 touchdowns, all while throwing a mere two interceptions. The QB has been extremely accurate completing 100 of 124 passes, which is good for an 80.6% completion percentage. Overall, he currently owns an impressive passer rating of 225.6
Not bad for a guy who spent three years on Ohio State’s bench before transferring to LSU back in 2018. After graduating in just three years while up in Columbus, Ohio, Burrows was preparing to sit another year. This time he would backup eventual NFL first-rounder Dwayne Haskins. Instead of accepting his fate, the quarterback packed his bags and headed for Louisiana.
Because of Burrow’s Heisman Trophy worthy play thus far in the first-third of the 2019 season, LSU currently sits near the top of college football in most major-statistical team categories. The team is third in total yards (2254), fifth in yards per game (564), second in passing yards per game (431.8) and first overall in points per game (57.8).
Burrow has waited his turn and now seems destined to shine when finally getting his moment. As the son of a former defensive coordinator, and recruit of former Ohio State offensive guru Tom Herman during Urban Meyer’s tenure, it’s plausible to say that Joe is well prepared for the rigors of a difficult SEC schedule. The QB looks to be the best pocket-passer in the NCAA at the moment and will have the opportunity to further cement his case in coming weeks against ranked opponents Florida, Auburn and Alabama.
Who knows, maybe the kid will beat all three powerhouses? Then, he might wind up on a stage in New York City come December hoisting a Heisman Trophy. Wouldn’t that be something, or what if NFL scouts go mad and select him first overall? Burrow is a rising-prospect in many of the latest credible mock-drafts. The possibilities are endless for the kid Joe, and he seems like a gunslinger well equipped to continue winning shootouts in the SEC.
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