• Brian L. Barefield

No Quarterback Better Than Burrow On First Down According To NFL Analyst

Courtesy of Tammy Anthony Baker
Courtesy of Tammy Anthony Baker

There are a lot of awards passed out in college football, but the one that comes with no trophy that multiple players compete for on a weekly basis amongst their teammates is TRUST from the coaching staff.

That’s just what former LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow earned from head coach Ed Orgeron and former passing game coordinator Joe Brady every Saturday last season.

Most teams like to run the ball on first down, but LSU played the game a little different on their way to an undefeated season and National Championship. That was due to the efficiency of Burrow in the first half. To say that the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner was very effective on first-down passes last year would be an understatement.

According to NFL football analyst Warren Sharp of,

Burrow complied enough stats to be the best passing quarterback on first-down in college football history.

Since the 2014 season, there have been 313 quarterbacks who threw at least 75 pass attempts on first down in the first half. Burrow leads them all in completion rate (82.1%), yards per attempt (13.9), touchdown percentage (12.9) and touchdowns thrown (18).

Those numbers are better than some dynamic former first round picks such as Baker Mayfield, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, etc.

The 2019 Davey O’Brien recipient (Best college quarterback) is projected to be the consensus overall No.1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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