LSU football: 5 records that could be broken in 2020 … and 2 that will never be touched
The 2019 LSU season was all about breaking records. Passing records, receiving records, scoring records.
Joe Burrow’s passing and Ja’Marr Chase’s receiving led the way as the Tigers scored and scored and scored on their way to a 15-0 record and a national championship. Burrow is gone and so is Joe Brady, the passing game coordinator whose schemes were the catalyst for all those records.
But offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is back, and a bunch of other talented players will be on hand.
The 2019 LSU offense set the bar extremely high for future Tigers passing games, but there will be a lot of talented players on next year’s team.
So there could be more records broken next season, whether they involve the passing game or some other aspect of the LSU team.
Here are 5 more records that could fall in 2020:
No. 1 Receptions in a season – 111, Justin Jefferson, 2019
Just a year ago, Josh Reed’s old record of 94 catches seemed unapproachable, but that was then and this now.
Think about it. Even with Brady and Burrow gone to the NFL, the Tigers aren’t going to abandon the passing attack that triggered their historic season. Myles Brennan, or whoever else might succeed Burrow, will have to throw more to try and accomplish what the passing game did last season.
This team probably will play from behind more than last year’s team did and therefore need to throw a lot. And Jefferson won’t be there to take throws away from Chase, who is going to see the ball a lot. An awful lot.
No. 2 Passes in a game – 58, Josh Booty vs. Auburn, 1999
Burrow threw 49 in the CFP Championship Game victory against Clemson. It wouldn’t be surprising if LSU gets into a shootout somewhere along the way and a quarterback not as efficient as Burrow needs 60 or so passes to try and keep up.
No. 3 Receiving yards in a season by a tight end – 570, Thaddeus Moss, 2019
Moss got overshadowed a bit by the other playmakers, but he did have a record-setting season for a tight end. He is off to the NFL.
In comes Arik Gilbert. He’s the highest-rated tight end in the history of 247sports rating tight ends. He’s going to catch a lot of passes and gain a lot of yards.
OK, enough of this passing stuff.
No. 4 Interception return yards in a game – 100, Craig Loston vs. Mississippi State, 2012; Craig Steltz at Mississippi State, 2007; Greg Jackson at Mississippi State, 1988; White Graves at Kentucky, 1964
Derek Stingley Jr. is certainly capable of making an interception in his own end zone and bringing it back all the way. He’s also capable of making a second interception in the same game.
Judging by details of the current record holders’ accomplishment, you might want to keep an eye on the Oct. 24 game against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium.
No. 5 Longest field goal – 54 yards, Cole Tracy vs. Miami, 2018; Wade Richey vs. Kentucky, 1996; Ron Lewis at North Carolina, 1985
Rising sophomore Cade York has a strong leg. He set an LSU record with four field goals of 50-plus yards last season with a long of 52. After his senior season in high school he kicked a 59-yard yards field goal in the Under Armour All-America Game, the longest field game in the history of the game.
He’s got the leg. He just needs an opportunity from 55 yards – or beyond.
And here are 2 records that will never be broken:
No. 1 60 touchdown passes in a season – Burrow, 2019
That’s six-oh. At LSU.
That’s nearly twice as many as the previous Tigers record. That’s more than a third more than the previous SEC record. It’s more than any other players in the history of college football.
In other words, it’s a lot.
Sure, the Tigers will keep doing what worked so well last season and their recruiting has been enhanced by the success of last season.
So we can look for more interesting numbers from this offense and this passing game. Just don’t look for 60 touchdown passes again.
No. 2 Points in a game – 93 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1936
The most points the 2019 Tigers scored in a game was 66.
Sure, they slowed the pace once games were in hand – most notably taking the gas off the pedal in the Peach Bowl against Oklahoma, scoring just 14 second-half points after getting 49 in the first half.
But that’s always going to be the case when a team gets north of 60 with no chance of being caught.
And this is a record that’s not getting caught.