Has LSU joined Texas in finding a quarterback?
LSU and Texas are two proud college football programs that have spent the better part of a decade or more searching for a quarterback who could lead them to the glory they expect. Last season, Texas found its QB in Sam Ehlinger. Has LSU done the same in Joe Burrow?
LSU plays at Texas on Saturday night in a rousing showdown, and Burrow, a transfer from Ohio State who played reasonably well for LSU last season, looked strong last week in the Tigers’ 55-3 rout of Georgia Southern.
Texas coach Tom Herman helped recruit Burrow, who grew up in Ohio, to Ohio State when Herman was offensive coordinator there. Burrow spent two years backing up J.T. Barrett, then transferred after it became Dewayne Haskins would win the Buckeye job.
“I loved his competitive spirit,” Herman said. Burrow is the son of former Ohio U. defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow, and “anytime you’ve got a coach’s kid, obviously, Jimmy was a big influence in our intangible diagnosis of him. You get a coach’s kid, you know they’re going to be raised right. Thought the was a fierce competitor, very cerebral. Just an overall really really tough competitive kid.”
Ehlinger last season beat Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Georgia. He looked good in UT’s 45-14 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.
“In today’s college football … the list is very long as far as the teams that have had the ultimate success, have had really really good-to-great quarterback play. I’m not saying it can’t be done without it, but the path is a lot more manageable when you have a great one.”