Joe Burrow: Bringing the Heisman to Death Valley


Turner Keck, Staff Writer

Joe Burrow has helped boost the LSU Tigers back to their golden days. The Tigers are on top of the college football world for the first time since 2012, but just 3 years ago this didn’t seem to be the future. Burrow’s situation looks very different based on where he was just a few years ago. Burrow and the Tigers were destined to meet, but maybe not in the way they did.

Burrow grew up in a football family in Ohio. His brothers and father all played football for The University of Nebraska. Burrow was a 4-star recruit from the class of 2015, but he never got an offer from Nebraska and instead committed to Ohio State. Burrow would only spend two more years in his home state before he transferred from the Buckeyes. He chose to transfer down to Baton Rouge where he would see much more playing time than he did in Columbus. He was named the starter for his first season in the Bayou in 2018. As a starter, he completed 57.8% of his passes for 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. While he did have a quality season, nothing would compare to what he has accomplished as a senior.

This season has been incredible for Burrow and his offense. For the last few years, LSU had been known as a team with a dominant defense and an underwhelming offense which has held them out of National Championship bids, but this year Burrow flipped the script. The Tigers average 46.8 points per game while only giving up 20. Burrow has thrived this season completing 78.8% of passes for 2,805 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. His passer rating is a mind-boggling 204.5 this season. Burrow is anticipated to be a top 10 pick in the NFL draft and is the current Heisman front runner. The Tigers still have 4 more regular-season games this season for Burrow to shatter his stats from 2018.