Joe Burrow is a leader for LSU. He has been playing at a high level all season long. LSU’s senior quarterback has already set the program single-season game touchdown pass record. He eclipsed 5,000 career passing yards on Saturday against Florida. The Heisman candidate is having a stellar season. The reason things are going so great for him? Joe Brady coming in as the passing game coordinator has been the main difference.
Joe Burrow: LSU Football’s True Leader
When LSU hired Brady from the New Orleans Saints, everyone knew the offense would improve drastically. But, the passing game has been the best aspect of this offense. A traditional Tigers offense is a balanced attack. This season has seen more RPO (run-pass option) and different setups. Burrow has been dominant through the first six games. He’s led the Tigers to a number two ranking and a 6-0 record. However, the senior isn’t looking to stop in his tracks. The Heisman noise is obviously buzzing. But for Burrow, it isn’t necessarily about that. He isn’t talking about that a lot at the press conferences. His main focus is to take it week after week and get a win. Whatever it takes to get another win.
The Tigers’ leader has talented receivers to dish the ball out to. Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase have been the primary targets. Thaddeus Moss, Racey McMath, and Derrick Dillon. The ability for Burrow to pass the ball to different receivers gives the opposing defenses confusion in their pass defense. In the two ranked match-ups for LSU, Burrow has thrown for a total of 764 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception. Those two matchups were against Texas and Florida. The Tigers won both of those games. Also of note, Chase and Jefferson both had solid outings in those games.
This LSU offense is re-vamped. A new look, if you will. What Brady has instilled into Burrow with the passing attack has been nothing short of great. If the senior can continue this trek, the Tigers are set up for a great season statistically. They are already putting up huge numbers. LSU averages 52.2 points per game. That’s more than Alabama and Clemson.
What Lies Ahead
Burrow came to Baton Rouge in the summer of 2018 from Ohio State to take over a team that needed a fresh start at quarterback. He has given them that and so much more. The fan base instantly fell in love with him. His attitude makes him one of the more likable players in college football. His persistence to lead the team has earned much respect. Now, he’s on pace to break Rohan Davey’s program record for passing yards in a season. Plus, the senior is on track for potentially the second Heisman Trophy in LSU history. Along with that, a great start to the season could end with much, much more.
As the halfway point comes and goes, Burrow is in really good company right now. The true leader of this 2019 LSU Tigers football team is giving it his all. It is paying off in more ways than one. At season’s end, we could see Burrow bring home a few awards. Potentially a National Championship trophy.