Joe Burrow has risen from a promising potential standout to a legitimate Heisman Trophy threat for the LSU Football Tigers in just three games.
We are already a fourth of the way through the 2019 college football regular season and fans of the LSU football team are witnessing something unlike they have ever seen before. The Tigers are bonafide National Title contenders thus far because of the play from their senior quarterback, Joe Burrow.
Burrow had a solid season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback last year but he was not expected to be some extraordinary quarterback this season. Tiger fans knew that he was talented but Burrow was not getting much mainstream attention as he has not yet earned it.
Now, after three games which include a win over a solid ranked team in Texas, Burrow has made himself a household name for every college football fan and has entered his name right into the Heisman Trophy mix.
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There is still a lot of season left to play but Burrow is among the quarterback favorites alongside Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, who is getting a ton of buzz himself.
Burrow is having an even better year thus far than Hurts and has had a tougher schedule thus far because of the Texas game.
After three games, Burrow has 1,122 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and an eye-popping 83.3 completion percentage. Hurts has 880 passing yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and an 80.3 completion percentage.
Hurts does have the advantage on the ground as he has 373 rushing yards alongside four rushing touchdowns.
In terms of pure quarterback play, Burrow has had the better year thus far and in fact, has even made history through his first three games. Burrow has not only been the best passing quarterback in college football thus far, but he has also put together the hottest start for any passer this millennium.
Burrow is the 51st quarterback to throw for over 1,100 passing yards in his first three games of the season. But here is the catch: no quarterback has ever done it with an 80 completion percentage or higher. Burrow has been getting yards and has been more efficient than anyone else (through three games) since 2000.
He obviously also set the high for the LSU Football team with the most yards through the first three games. While he has some tough games ahead of him, Burrow is on pace for 4,488 passing yards in just 12 games.
While that might not end up happening, because of his hot start, it is not absolutely crazy to think that Burrow can reach 4,000 passing yards on the season. He would be the 53rd since the turn of the millennium to do so. He could be the 17th to do so with a completion percentage of 70 or better.
Joe Burrow has been sensational thus far this season. If he can keep it up then LSU will definitely be in the mix for the National Championship.