College football: A look back at the headlines of the season

Derek Jambor ’20, News Editor 

 

The 2019-2020 college football season was one to remember for college football fans. Joe Burrow and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers made a name for themselves. Burrow this season, set school and season records for his senior season along with a heisman trophy on top of it all. The transfer portal changed the game for a lot of teams this season such as Oklahoma and Ohio State. As well as Tua Tagovailoa making his decision for the NFL draft. 

Burrow and the LSU Tigers dominated college football this season. Burrow threw for seven touchdowns in the first half against Oklahoma in their semifinal game on Dec. 28, and came out with a lopsided victory, winning 63-28. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson caught four of Burrow’s first half touchdowns. The Tigers arguably put on the best show that college football fans have seen in years. The Tigers outscored their opponents by 223 points, which is now a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record. The Tigers brought in a new coach from the New Orleans Saints Joseph Brady. He has completely changed the look of the Tigers offensive approach. He is the reason the Tigers have so much success on the offensive side of the ball. 

The transfer portal has become much more of a game changer in the college football world. Essentially, the transfer portal allows players to leave their current university and attend another of their choice. The player must be cleared by the NCAA in order to play the upcoming season. One of the standout players who decided to make use of the portal was sophomore Justin Fields who formerly attended Georgia University, and then transferred to Ohio State University. Fields, who is able to make plays in and out of the pocket, changed Ohio State’s team this year leading them to the college football playoff, but losing to Clemson in the semifinal 27-23. Fields set another record throwing for 30 touchdowns and one interception. Junior Evan DeFrank said “Justin Fields is a beast. He broke down opposing teams defenses in ways nobody else could. He will find his way in the NFL soon.”

Fifth year senior, Jalen Hurts also entered the transfer portal to finish his senior season at the University of Oklahoma. The 6 foot 2, 220 pound, quarterback leads all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks in rushing this season with 1298 yards and threw for 3851 yards. Hurts came from the University of Alabama because he knew he was good enough to play as a starter. Hurts was benched in the national title game his sophomore season after leading the Crimson Tide to back to back title apparences. Hurts has had quite possibly one of the greatest collegiate careers that fans have ever seen. He overcame so much adversity and proved why he was one of the best in the league for the past four years. 

Tua Tagovailoa was the one who came out of nowhere and shocked the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half of the national championship. At the beginning of the season Tagovailoa was a projected top five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but suffered a devastating hip injury against  Mississippi State University just weeks before the playoffs. Senior Connor Fracassi said, “Tua is a beast, and is quite possibly one of the most athletic players behind center in the world. It was a shame to see him go down.” He was the heartbeat of the Alabama team and with him gone it made it tough for the Crimson Tide to make it to another semi final appearance. On Monday, Jan. 6, Tagovailoa announced that he will forego his senior season and leave for the NFL. Tua is projected to be selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round with the fifth pick in the draft. 

This college football season was once again filled with great excitement and stories for the whole world to desire. The LSU Tigers were crowned a champion on Mon. January 11 with a final score of 42-25. 

 

Photo courtesy of TheSpun.com

 

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