By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Tigers win several awards
Our LSU Fighting Tigers continued to dominate college football on Thursday night. This time in the awards arena, at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta. The first of the major hardware collected by the Bayou Bengals on the night went to Joe Burrow, as he was the winner The Davey O'Brien Award (Best Quarterback). This was one of three awards earned by Burrow on Thursday. He also took, The Maxwell Award (Player of the Year), and the Walter Camp Award (AP Player of the Year). Many people believe that Burrow is a lock to win the Heisman Trophy this Saturday in New York.
Next up for the Tigers was Grant Delpit, who was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back). "DBU," Delpit replied, "We let our play do the talking.", when asked about it by ESPN's Chris Fowler. "I wanted to win this award for the guys who came through LSU and didn't get a chance to win it." Delpit said, reported by Cody Worsham. "I'm glad to bring it back to the boot,... It's a true honor and blessing to win this award. We're not done yet. We've got bigger dreams."
Head Coach Ed Orgeron was honored next with the Home Depot Award (Coach of the Year). Coach O has lead his team to a 13-0 record, the SEC Championship, the #1 ranking, and their first ever appearance in the CFP Playoffs. The Tigers are 13-0 for only the second time in school history. The last time LSU won this award was back in 2011 with Les Miles.
Ja'Marr Chase won the Biletnikoff Award (Top Receiver). Chase leads the country in both yards (1,498) and touchdowns (18). His 18 touchdowns set a record for the most in a season for the Tigers and ties the SEC record. Winning this award was on Ja'Marr's personal goals list at the beginning of the year. He is the second LSU receiver to win it, joining Josh Reed (2001).
The Walker Camp Football Foundation also released its 2019 All-American teams. LSU has three players on the first team. Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase, & Grant Delpit. Derek Stingley Jr. (second team), was the only freshman to make the 51 All-American list.
Other Tigers to win awards thus far::
Joe Brady won the Broyles Award (Best Assistant Coach)
Freshmen, Derek Stingley Jr. & Cade York both made the All-SEC Freshman Team.
Joe Burrow won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (Outstanding Senior quarterback)