Burrow named as Davey O’Brien semifinalist

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during an NCAA football game against Georgia Southern in Baton Rouge, La. The LSU defense is dotted with players projected as future NFL first-round draft picks. And the Tigers unveiled a new up-tempo offense last week that saw Burrow tie a school record with five touchdown passes in the first half. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has been named as one of sixteen semifinalists for the 2019 Davey O’Brien Award. This award goes to the best college quarterback.

Burrow, has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week five times this season. He has led the Tigers to a 9-0 record and a consensus No. 1 national ranking. LSU owns four wins over Top 10 teams this year and most recently took down No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The Ohio native goes into the Ole Miss game leading the SEC and ranking No. 2 in the nation in passing yards (3,198), passing yards per game (355.3), and passing TDs (33). He’s also first in the SEC and No. 3 in the nation in points responsible for (218) and total offense (376.3). He’s on pace to break every LSU single-season passing record.

Burrow broke the LSU record for passing touchdowns and is 149 yards away from breaking the single-season passing yards record set by Rohan Davey in 2001. He needs 12 touchdown passes to break the SEC record held by Missouri’s Drew Lock set in 2017 with 44.

As a unit, Burrow has directed a Tiger offense that is averaging 46.7 points per game and 538.4 total yards per game, both of which rank among the top five in the nation.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award.

The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process and is combined with the results from the Foundation’s national selection committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners.

After clearing the first round totals, the Fan Vote at VoteOBrien.org will reopen today (Nov. 13) and remain open until 9 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Nov. 24, for the second round of balloting. Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback once daily per email address.

In conjunction with ESPN, the Davey O’Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee will release the names of the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday, Dec. 12.

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