Josh North hails from Ohio and is a Guest Contributor to The BarnBurner. Josh previously worked as a beat reporter and freelance writer with ‘This Week Sports’ and ‘The Columbus Dispatch.’
Yesterday, LSU announced that they will be starting junior Joe Burrow for the season opener against No. 8 Miami on 9/2. Burrow, a transfer from Ohio State, beat out sophomore Myles Brennan, who appeared in six games for LSU last season. Burrow won the job despite not making it to LSU until after the conclusion of spring practice.
Burrow will look to replace Danny Etling, now of the New England Patriots, who completed 165 of 275 passes for 2,463 yards and 16 touchdowns for the 2017 LSU Tigers squad.
In 2014, Burrow committed to Ohio State in as a four-star recruit profiling as a dual-threat quarterback. I wrote a feature on Burrow when he was in high school for the ‘Columbus Dispatch,’ and in the brief time I spent in Athens, he looked like a quarterback who could shoulder the load of a Division I offense. Whether or not he can handle SEC defenses is yet to be seen, but I have faith who chose an opportunity to start, and lead, over the comfort of home.
At Ohio State, Burrow played in 10 games, in which he completed 74 percent of his passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Staying true to his profile as a dual-threat quarterback, he also rushed for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Either way, Burrow will be tested early as he looks to help LSU improve on their 9-4 record from last season. After Miami, LSU travels to No. 9 Auburn for week 3, the second of five ranked opponents on LSU’s schedule this season. It’s hard to tell what kind of leash Burrow will have with a demanding LSU fanbase, but head coach Ed Orgeron would be foolish not give Burrow a little time to settle into the position. Burrow increasingly famous work ethic will likely shine as he gets game reps.
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