Ed Orgeron watched as his QB, Joe Burrow, took a huge blindside hit after throwing an interception against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019.

From that moment on, Burrow was a different quarterback. The Tigers stormed back to beat the Knights 40-32, finishing off a 10-3 season.

The next year, Burrow won the Heisman while leading LSU to a perfect 15-0 record and a national championship.

On Tuesday, Coach O joined “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” on WJOX and discussed that moment. He also shared his thoughts on a couple of other defining moments for the star quarterback:

“I think that (hit) was a big part of it,” Orgeron said. “I think — if you go back a little bit — our win against Georgia (on Oct. 13, 2018). At home, Georgia was ranked No. 2. As a quarterback, you know this, you’ve got to win the big game. There’s 2 games that define them. He beat Georgia and, obviously, he beat Alabama at Alabama (on Nov. 9, 2019). But when he got hit (against UCF) — we were down 14 — and we came back and scored 3 touchdowns. That defined his toughness, that defined his character and he proved to the team that they can count on him under any circumstance.”

Now, Burrow has the opportunity to win his first Super Bowl. We’ll see if he can get the job done when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday evening.