There wasn’t a lot of drama entering tonight’s Heisman Trophy ceremony. Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Chase Young and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts all had phenomenal seasons, but ultimately, this award has been LSU quarterback Joe Burrow’s to lose for about a month.
Moments ago, the win became official. Burrow is your 2019 Heisman Trophy winner.
The star quarterback and potential No. 1 pick is just the second LSU player to take home the award. His comes 60 years after the first, legendary Tigers halfback Billy Cannon, who took home the award in 1959.
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Burrow is the fourth straight quarterback to win the award, following Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson. Those first two, like Burrow, were transfers during their careers, and went on to be the No. 1 pick.
Jackson, of course, is in line to win the NFL MVP Award.
For a long time, Heisman Trophy winners did not see a ton of NFL success. Between those recent QBs and guys like Derrick Henry, Cam Newton, and Mark Ingram, that is changing a bit.
With the Cincinnati Bengals in line for the No. 1 pick, the Ohio native could head back closer to home to continue his football career, after a two-year stay in Louisiana changed everything for him.
On the year, Joe Burrow has 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He also has 289 yards and three scores on the ground. He’s already tripled his touchdown total from his 2018 season for LSU, and should come just shy of doubling his yardage total, if LSU makes it to the national championship. It is one of the more incredible one-year improvements in recent memory, with the Ohio State transfer going from a nice game manager to a bona fide superstar seemingly overnight.
Burrow and the Tigers have plenty left to accomplish, of course. The team will face Hurts and Oklahoma, which produced the last two Heisman winners, in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl on Saturday Dec. 28.