Legend of LSU QB Joe Burrow continues to grow

By | November 10, 2019

Legend of LSU QB Joe Burrow continues to grow … It seems that over the years most of the so-called ‘games of the century’ turn out to be kind of duds. Not so, though, for yesterday’s LSU-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa. For those that have been on another planet, LSU outlasted the Tide in a 46-41 thriller that firmly puts the Tigers in the driver’s seat in the SEC West with three games to go in the regular schedule. The game was also something of a coming out for LSU QB Joe Burrow who completed 31 0f 39 pass attempts (for the mathematically challenged, that’s almost 80%, of his season average) for 393 yards and 3 TDs. For good measure, Burrow also ran for another 64 yards as he picked up several critical first downs with his feet. In fact, Burrow has been one of the stories of the year as he has gone from draft afterthought to a real contender to be a top 5 pick this coming April. And needless to say, he didn’t do anything to hurt his stock with his performance yesterday against 2nd ranked Alabama whose defense is stocked with future NFLers. There are still going to be some lingering questions about his overall arm strength, but just about everything else about Burrow’s skill package screams ‘pick me!’ He has great feet, a really quick release, great route anticipation, appears to see the field really well and consistently puts the ball where it needs to be. Plus he showed all the leadership intangibles that pro scouts are looking for. On the other hand, it was harder to grade Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa as he was clearly not 100% after undergoing surgery on an ankle just three weeks before. Tagovailoa did throw for over 400 yards and 4 TDs as he rallied the Tide time and time again in the second half, but he barely completed half his throws (21 of 40) and had a couple of costly turnovers along the way. It is going to be interesting to see just how healthy Tagovailoa is going to be over the final month of the season. He was clearly favoring his leg as he limped off the field at the end of the game. Alabama plays at Mississippi State this week and then hosts the Western Carolina Cupcakes the following week before playing at Auburn to wrap the season on November 30th. It’s possible Alabama could sit Tagovailoa out the next couple of weeks in hopes of having him fit for their crucial game with the ‘other’ SEC West Tigers from across the state. Stay tuned!