ESPN analyst and former college football star Jonathan Vilma made a regrettable prediction for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow heading into Saturday’s primetime showdown against Florida. Now, he’s getting called out.
“Joe Burrow needs time to throw the football,” Vilma said on ESPN. “Joe Burrow gets to sit back there against the Utah States of the world and then scan the defense. He goes and gets some water, and then he kind of looks at where he wants to throw the ball. And he finally makes a completion.
“His stats are amazing, yes. His offense is amazing, yes. His throws are great, but he won’t have time. Florida isn’t going to give it to him. Joe Burrow is going to look like a game manager at best against that Florida defense.”
Fast forward to Saturday night, and Burrow was throwing for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns with an 87.5 completion percentage. That’s not really a “game manager at best” stat line.
LSU decided to have some fun with Vilma on Sunday morning.
Didn't look like much of a "Game Manager" pic.twitter.com/Ec0JV8S6xn
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 13, 2019
The Tigers improved to 6-0 with the win on Saturday night. LSU is up to No. 2 overall in the latest AP Poll top 25.
Burrow the “game manager” is emerging in the Heisman Trophy race, too. It’s been quite a year in Baton Rouge.