After winning the Heisman Trophy, NCAA football player Joe Burrow poses for a photo on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in New York (AP Photo / Jason Scenes)
NEW YORK – Joe Burrow was born into a family of Cornhuskers and grew up in the state of Buckeye. He left his roots behind and became the Heisman trophy winner at the LSU.
The quarterback won the Heisman in a record-breaking landslide on Saturday night and was the first LSU player to return college football's most prestigious award after 60 years of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Burrow received 2,608 points and 841 votes in first place, a record of 90.7% of all available votes in first place. Burrow also set a record for the percentage of points available that reached 93.8 and exceeded the 91.6% mark set by Ohio State Troy Smith in 2006. Burrow was named on 95.5% of all ballots, exceeding the record set by Oregon of 95.2% Mariota in 2014.
Burrow's margin of 1,846 points broke that of O.J. Simpson of Southern California in 1968.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts finished second with 762 points. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields finished third, and the Ohio state chase finished fourth.
Burrow was transferred from Ohio State to the LSU last year, where he was a sparingly used reserve. After becoming strong for the Tigers in 2018, he broke out this season and set a record at the Southeastern Conference with 48 touchdown passes, leading the best LSU (13-0) to their first appearance in the College Football Playoffs.
Burrow's victory was a foregone conclusion, but after he was announced the winner, it still overwhelmed him.
"This is most of what I cried in 23 years of age," Burrow said later.
After hugging his parents and coaches, Burrow took the stage at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. He began his acceptance speech, paused, and took 23 seconds to make sure before shaking out the names of the other LSU attacking players.
“All of my teammates supported me and welcomed me with open arms. Boy from Ohio, come down to the Bayou and greet me as brothers, ”said Burrow. Around two dozen former Heisman winners stood on the stage behind him.
"What a special moment," said LSU trainer Ed Orgeron. "I thought Joe did everything first class. It's the first time I've seen him so emotionally. "
The Tigers meet Oklahoma No. 4 and Hurts on December 28th at the Atlanta Peach Bowl.
"I am ready to return to Baton Rouge and start training on Monday," said Burrow.
Burrow, a senior, harmonized perfectly with Joe Brady, the game coordinator of the LSU in the first year, and caused the most productive offense in school history. Burrow played in a version of the offense in which Drew Brees ran for the New Orleans Saints and showed accuracy and quick decision-making, much like his childhood idol. With at least one game remaining, Burrow passed 4,715 meters and managed 77.9% of his passes to set an NCAA record.
The boy who grew up and thought he could play college basketball has developed into the possible first overall winner and second Heisman winner of the LSU in the April NFL draft.
Halfback Billy Cannon won the Heisman for the LSU in 1959. The 60-year gap between Heisman's victories for the LSU is the largest of all schools with several winners.
Burrow is the 17th quarterback to win the Heisman since 2000 and the third consecutive QB to win the award after his move, along with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018).
Burrow's father Jimmy Burrow was a longtime college soccer coach who played in Nebraska. He spent the last 14 years of his defensive coordinator career at Ohio University in Athens before retiring to spend his weekends watching his son play.
"It was a dream season for him too," said Burrow.
Joe Burrow grew up in The Plains, Ohio. His older brothers both played in Nebraska.
His father's old boss, Ohio coach Frank Solich hoped the youngest Burrow boy would play for the Bobcats, but Joe started high school. Burrow was Mr. Football in Ohio in 2014 and signed a contract with Ohio State the following year.
In Columbus, Ohio, Burrow partnered with J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. Burrow was redshirted as a newbie and played a bit in 2016.
In 2017, he competed with Dwayne Haskins to replace Barrett and broke his hand in pre-season practice. This opened the door for Haskins to position itself as the quarterback of the future for the state of Ohio.
After Burrow graduated from Ohio in the spring of 2018, he decided to switch. LSU wasn't his first choice, but Orgeron recruited the quarterback hard.
"It gave me an opportunity when not many people thought I was going to do anything," said Burrow. "He entrusted me with his program."
Burrow was interested in Nebraska, but this interest was not returned. Cincinnati seemed to be a way to play for former Ohio State assistant coach Luke Fickell.
A visit to the LSU with its stadium with 100,000 seats, the victory story, the hospitality of the south and the SEC competition won Burrow. Orgeron has identified Burrow as his most important and perhaps most important recruit in the history of LSU football.
That might have sounded like an exaggeration a few months ago.
"It was a long and winding journey," said Burrow, "and there are more chapters to be written."
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