By: Mark Wilson
Joe Burrow is the King of College Football after taking home the 2019 Heisman Trophy Saturday Night in New York City. Borrow garnered 841 first-place votes (2608) while Chase Young (643) came in second with 20. Rounding out the final two finalists was Jalen Hurts (762) of Oklahoma with 12 and Justin Fields (747) of Ohio State with 6.
While many experts predicted Burrow to walk away with the trophy, the voters had to take into consideration the other top players.
LSU is ranked No. 1 in the country with a 13-0 record after big wins against Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia. Leading the charge of one of the best offenses in College Football is Burrows. On the year, he passed for 4715 yards to go along with 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Stats aside, Burrow has proven he can be a winner after a rough collegiate start.
Burrow, much like Hurts and Fields is a transfer player. After spending three seasons at Ohio State, Burrow transferred to LSU and transformed himself into possibly the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. His first season at LSU was hardly Heisman worthy but he came back in 2019 with a vengeance.
Now, he’s at the top of the college world and this is just the beginning.
This was a great Heisman field to be a part of. Hurts was the player the nation rooted for after his departure from Nick Saban and Alabama. At Oklahoma, Hurts turned a career around that was destined not to have football in it after college.
Now, he’s a top 10 pick entering the NFL Draft after passing for 3634 yards with 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The other deadly part regarding his game was that Hurts tucked the ball 219 times for 1255 yards and another 18 touchdowns on the ground.
On the other side of the coin are two teammates who also wreaked havoc on College Football.
Justin Fields, a transfer from Georgia, made headlines leading the Buckeyes’ offense with 2953 yards passing to go with 40 touchdowns and just one interception. Fields is a dual-threat as well as he took the ball 123 times for 471 yards and another 10 scores on the ground.
His teammate, on the defensive side of the ball, was a one-man wrecking crew. Chase Young, in his third season, registered 16.5 sacks and has earned the nod as the nation’s best defensive player. The hard part for defenders and Buckeyes’ fans to fathom is that it’s hard for defensive players to win the Heisman. While he was a long shot, the committee could not overlook his impact on the field.
While all these players made a great impact on the field for their season, the night belonged to Joe Burrow and LSU fans.