Joe Burrow becomes first LSU QB to win Davey O'Brien Award
It’s time for Joe Burrow to make room for a bigger trophy case.
The LSU quarterback already picked up the Walter Camp and Associated Press Player of the Year awards, but can also add the Davey O’Brien Award. On the ESPN broadcast on Thursday night at the College Football Awards show, Burrow told ESPN’s Chris Fowler, “I wouldn’t change my journey for anything in the world.”
Burrow won the award over finalists Justin Fields, an Ohio State sophomore, and Oklahoma senior Jalen Hurts. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray won the award in 2018.
Burrow this season set SEC records for passing yards (4,715) and passing touchdowns (48), and became the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 TDs in the same season. He’s completed 342-of-439 passes and is on pace to establish the NCAA record for completion percentage in a season. Burrow’s completion percentage mark of 77.9 percent is ahead of the current mark of 76.7 percent held by Colt McCoy of Texas in 2008.
Burrow’s record-setting season included a school-record five wins over top 10 teams. In two years as LSU’s starting quarterback, Burrow has posted a 23-3 record with nine top 10 wins, the most of any player at his position in school history.
In 13 games in 2019, Burrow has thrown over 400 yards twice and he’s gone over the 300-yard mark 11 times, also a school record.