LSU's best athlete last season? Joe Burrow says 'no question' the answer is Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Joe Burrow had a stacked group of playmakers to work with last fall in Baton Rouge as Ja’Marr Chase caught 20 touchdowns and had 1,780 receiving yards, Justin Jefferson had 18 touchdowns with 1,540 receiving yards, Terrace Marshall caught 13 touchdowns in a limited role due to an injury and tight end Thaddeus Moss left school early for the NFL after racking up 570 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Those players represent some of the elite offensive skill players in Baton Rouge last fall but do not include any of the talented defensive players Ed Orgeron’s LSU program has stacked on its roster.
Considering all the talent he had to work with last year, and faced on the other side of the ball in practice, which player stood out to Burrow?
That’s a question the former LSU quarterback got during a recent appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” during his appearance at the Super Bowl.
Dan Patrick: “Who was the best athlete on the team?”
Joe Burrow: “Clyde Edwards-Helaire.”
Patrick: “No question?”
Burrow: “No question.”
Burrow: “(He’s) Unreal. He’s going to play for 20 years (in the NFL). Everyone looks at all my stats because we threw the ball so much, because we had great guys on the outside as well, but, I mean, Clyde is a different beast.”
That’s high praise coming from a player that captured the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Award and set the SEC and FBS all-time single-season passing touchdown records last year. If Edwards-Helaire wasn’t already on the NFL’s radar, he should be now following those comments.