Guided by offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, a former LSU quarterback,
and passing game coordinator Joe Brady, the 2019 Tigers feature the most
prolific offense in the history of the Southeastern Conference.
LSU is the first team in the history of the SEC to produce a 4,000-yard passer,
a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.
Quarterback Joe Burrow, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner, has thrown for an
SEC record 4,715 yards, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has rushed for
1,290 yards, and wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson have
recorded catches for 1,498 yards and 1,207 yards, respectively.
Burrow, a senior from Athens, Ohio, is LSU’s second winner of the coveted
Heisman Trophy. The late Billy Cannon is LSU’s only other Heisman winner,
claiming the trophy in 1959.
The 2019 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Burrow is the first player in
league history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the same
season, as he has completed 342-of-439 passes for an SEC-record 4,715
yards and a league-record 48 touchdowns.
Burrow, who is 23-3 as LSU’s starting quarterback, has directed the Tigers to
a record five wins over Top-10 teams in 2019. He has thrown for 300 or more
yards 11 times and had at least four touchdown passes in seven games. He
set the school record with six touchdown passes in a win over Vanderbilt
on Sept. 21.
Burrow has completed 342 of 439 passes this season for a remarkable
completion percentage of 77.9 percent, and he has completed at least 20
passes in 16 consecutive games.
Edwards-Helaire, a first-team All-SEC selection, finished second in the
league in rushing yards with 1,290, and he led the conference in rushing
touchdowns with 16. Edwards-Helaire averaged 99.2 rushing yards per
game, and he rushed for 100 or more yards six times in 2019. He also led the
SEC in all-purpose yards with 1,903 and ranked No. 2 in the conference in
all-purpose yards per game with a 146.4 average.
Chase, a first-team all-conference
choice and Biletnikoff Award winner,
led the SEC in receiving yards with
1,498 on 73 catches, and he is the
only player in LSU history with two
200-yard receiving games during the
regular season. On a 23-yard reception
from Burrow in the first quarter of
the SEC Championship game, Chase
recorded his 18th touchdown catch of
the season, tying Reidel Anthony’s SEC
record established at Florida in 1996.
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had seven receptions for 115 yards and a
touchdown in the SEC title game, including career-long reception with a
79-yard catch on a throw from Burrow in the third quarter. Jefferson, who
has eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career at LSU, has a team-high 88
receptions this season for 1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. caught five passes for 82 yards and
two touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game, becoming the third LSU
receiver this season to catch at least 10 touchdown passes. Marshall has 37
receptions on the year for 545 yards and 10 TDs.
Tight end Thaddeus Moss has 38 receptions, the highest single-season
total for a tight end in LSU history. Moss has 435 receiving yards and one
touchdown catch in 2019.
The veteran LSU offensive line is
anchored by three All-SEC performers
– first-team all-conference center
Lloyd Cushenberry III and secondteam
all-conference guards Damien
Lewis and Adrian Magee. The line
paved the way for the Tiger offense to
set single-season school records for
points (621), points per game (47.8)
and total offense (7,206).
Placekicker Cade York has connected on 21-of-25 field goals this season, and
he is 4-for-5 from 50 yards and beyond. He became the first kicker in LSU
history to hit two 50+ yard field goals in the same game when he nailed a
50-yarder and a 51-yarder versus Texas A&M on November 30. York and Colt
David (2008) are the only LSU kickers to connect on four 50+ three-pointers
in one season.
Lloyd Cushenberry III
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