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  01/15/20 - Grant DelpitJr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 203 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among a half dozen players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter this spring's NFL draft. Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry, and linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips also announced their intention to turn pro. Jefferson led LSU in catches with 111 and ranked second on the team with 1,540 yards receiving. finishing with nine catches for 106 yards in a 42-25 victory over Clemson in Monday night's national title game in New Orleans. Delpit was a first-team All-American in 2018 who's production also picked up in the closing weeks of the season. He had five solo tackles, a sack and forced fumble in the national title game. He also intercepted two passes this season. - AP College Football

(DS#1 SS) Jr/2021 SS Grant DelpitLSU
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  01/15/20 - Justin JeffersonJr/2021, LSU, 6-1, 192 (DS#4 WR) + More +

  LSU has contacted officials from the NCAA and Southeastern Conference about Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s apparent cash payments to Tigers players on the field after the national championship game, a university spokesman said. LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said initial information suggested that Beckham handed out "novelty bills" to players after the top-ranked Tigers defeated Clemson on Monday night. However, further investigation showed that Beckham may have given away real money, Bonnette said. "Information and footage reviewed since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes," Bonnette said in a statement. "We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately upon learning of this situation in which some of our student-athletes may have been placed in a compromising position. We are working with our student-athletes, the NCAA and the SEC in order to rectify the situation." Beckham starred for LSU from 2011 to 2013 and was a first-round draft pick by the New York Giants. He was traded to Cleveland before last season. Videos posted on social media showed Beckham placing money in the hand of LSU receiver Justin Jefferson and celebrating with players in LSU's locker room in the Superdome. Jefferson, who just completed his junior season, is eligible to turn pro and enter this spring's NFL draft. - AP College Football

(DS#4 WR) Jr/2021 WR Justin JeffersonLSU
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  01/14/20 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  LSU's national championship game victory against Clemson drew nearly 26 million viewers to ESPN, up slightly from last year's final. ESPN said Tuesday that viewership for the three-game College Football Playoff increased 4% from last season, when Clemson beat Alabama in the championship. The network's championship game megacast, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews, drew 25.6 million viewers. Last year's megacast had 25.3 million viewers. The ESPN-only audience was also up over last year, from 24.3 million to 25 million. Joe Burrow, the Heisman Trophy winner, led No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory Monday night in New Orleans. The game was 28-25 in the third quarter before LSU surged and put away the title early in the fourth quarter. Overall, the television audience for New Year's Six games were down 4% over last year for ESPN. - AP College Football

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  01/13/20 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and capped one of the greatest seasons in college football history by leading No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson on Monday night to win the national championship. The small-town Ohio kid turned Louisiana legend delivered the Tigers (15-0) their first national title since 2007 and fourth overall, breaking a few more records along the way in what was already an historic season. The five TD passes and 463 yards passing are the most for a BCS or College Football Playoff title game as are his six total touchdowns. He became the first major college quarterback to throw 60 touchdown passes in a season as LSU snapped defending national champion Clemson's 29-game winning streak. For the first time in his college career, Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was on the losing team. The Tigers (14-1) had won his first 25 starts.

But on this night, Lawrence (18 for 37 for 234 yards) was no match for Burrow - the Ohio State transferred who threw all of 16 TD passes last season with LSU. His ascent has been dizzying and unprecedented. Running a version of the New Orleans Saints' offense that was brought to LSU by 30-year-old assistant coach Joe Brady, Burrow and an array of talented receivers transformed these Tigers into one of the most prolific offenses college football has ever seen. It was coach Ed Orgeron's vision for LSU when he was promoted from interim coach in 2016. There was plenty of skepticism when LSU tabbed the Cajun who had failed in his first crack at head coach with Mississippi. Orgeron has proved to be the perfect fit. Just like Burrow. - AP College Football


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  01/13/20 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Top-ranked LSU faces No. 3 Clemson for the college football national championship Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans. Both sets of Tigers are 14-0, seeking to cap a perfect season. President Donald Trump is expected to be among those in attendance. It's practically a home game for LSU. Its campus is just 90 minutes away and purple-and-gold clad supporters could be found all around New Orleans.

There were plenty of orange-wearing Clemson fans on the streets, hoping their team wins a second straight national championship. A second-story veranda near Jackson Square boasted Clemson flags from its 2016 and 2018 national titles, along with an inflatable Tiger figure. Clemson is after its third crown in four seasons and its 30th straight victory. LSU is seeking its first national championship since 2007 and first in the CFP era. - AP College Football


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  12/31/19 - Michael Divinity Jr.Sr/2020, LSU, 6-1, 241 (DS#11 ILB) + More +

  No. 1 LSU has reinstated linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. for the national championship game against No. 3 Clemson. Coach Ed Orgeron on Tuesday also discussed speculation about passing-game coordinator Joe Brady being sought for NFL jobs. Brady is credited with helping the Tigers to their best season on offense. Divinity briefly left the team in mid-season and returned to practice on Nov. 18. He was prevented by LSU from playing in a handful of games because of violations of team rules. Speaking by conference call, Orgeron said a decision was made to let Divinity, a 6-foot-2, 241-pound senior, play in the title game in New Orleans on Jan. 13.

"Mike has been a tremendous pass rusher for us. I know we're definitely going to use him," Orgeron said. "He'll be back in a role, what he's doing, and we'll see what fits best. "It all depends where we need him," Orgeron continued. "Our inside guys are playing well. We could use him outside in some situations. That could allow JaCoby Stevens to go back to a safety position or a corner position...And then obviously in our pass rush scheme, Mike is one of our best pass rushers. So I think he immediately goes back to starting on our dime (six-defensive back) package." Divinity has played in five games this season and has four tackles for loss, including three sacks. As a junior, Divinity had 10 1/2 tackles for loss and was LSU's co-leader in sacks with five. - AP College Football


(DS#11 ILB) Sr/2020 ILB Michael Divinity Jr.LSU
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  12/28/19 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Joe Burrow turned in the greatest performance yet in his Heisman Trophy season, throwing for seven touchdowns and 493 yards as No. 1 LSU romped to a breathtaking 63-28 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifinal game Saturday. The Tigers (14-0) headed to the national championship game against either No. 2 Ohio State or No. 3 Clemson clicking on all cylinders, having dismantled the Sooners (12-2) with a first half for the ages. Burrow tied the record for any college bowl game with his seven TD passes - which all came before the bands hit the field for the halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Justin Jefferson was on the receiving end for four of those scoring plays, also tying a bowl record. For good measure, Burrow scored an eighth TD himself on a 3-yard run in the third quarter, thoroughly dominating his expected duel with Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Heisman runner-up.

The impressive victory came with heavy hearts. Shortly before the game, LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger learned that his daughter-in-law, broadcaster Carley McCord, was among five people killed in a plane crash in Louisiana. The small plane went down shortly after takeoff for what was supposed to be a flight to Atlanta for the game. Ensminger had tears running down his cheeks during warm-ups, but he was in his usual spot high above the field when the game kicked off, calling plays along with passing game coordinator Joe Brady. It was a brilliant, poignant performance in the face of such tragedy. The players didn't learn until afterward what Ensminger was going through. - AP College Football


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  12/24/19 - Clyde Edwards-HelaireJr/2021, LSU, 5-08, 209 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  Steve Ensminger said this LSU offense is the one he waited 38 years to coach. Now, with No. 1 LSU only one win away from the national championship game, that special offense has been dealt an unexpected setback. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the All-Southeastern Conference running back whose versatile skills are vital to the Tigers' attack, could miss Saturday's Peach Bowl playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma with a hamstring injury. Edwards-Helaire needed crutches and a scooter to move around last week after hurting his hamstring in practice. He was not seen in the portion of Tuesday's practice that was open to reporters. After Edwards-Helair did not practice on Monday, coach Ed Orgeron said, "We're going to see if he can do something" on Tuesday. The apparent answer is the junior was not ready to join practice.

Before the practice, Ensminger said he was confident Edwards-Helair will play. Instead, Ensminger may need a backup plan to keep his dream offense on the move. It's no easy assignment for the offensive coordinator, because the LSU spread offense has set a high standard in 2019. The Tigers lead the nation in total offense. They rank second in passing and third in scoring while producing the Heisman Trophy winner in Joe Burrow and the Biletnikoff Award winner in wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. A committee led by freshmen Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery Jr. may take over at running back. The third member of the committee would be Chris Curry. - AP College Football


(DS#6 RB) Jr/2021 RB Clyde Edwards-HelaireLSU
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  12/23/19 - Clyde Edwards-HelaireJr/2021, LSU, 5-08, 209 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  Top-ranked LSU's leading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire is off crutches but still may miss Saturday's Peach Bowl playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma. The Sooners, meanwhile, will be missing starting defensive end Ronnie Perkins and two backups due to suspensions. Edwards-Helaire suffered a hamstring injury in practice last week. He was only an observer for LSU's first practice in Atlanta on Monday. He leads the undefeated Tigers (13-0) with 1,290 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Edwards-Helaire is “a little bit better" and he described the running back's status as day to day. "We're going to see if he can do something tomorrow," Orgeron said.

Based on Orgeron's comments, it would be a surprise if Edwards-Helaire plays. The coach spoke of the junior first-team All-SEC player in the past tense when comparing his running backs, including freshman backups Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery. "I think all three of those guys do different things," Orgeron said. "With Clyde, he did everything well. He blocked well. He ran inside, he ran outside and caught the football. We'll have to adjust if Clyde doesn't play to rotate those guys and do what they do best." Quarterback Joe Burrow was second on the team with 289 yards rushing. Davis-Price ran for 270 yards with six touchdowns and could be the leader of a running back committee if Edwards-Helaire can't play. - AP College Football


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  12/18/19 - Grant DelpitJr/2021, LSU, 6-2, 203 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and LSU defensive back Grant Delpit headline the 2019 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.

A two-time AFCA All-American, Taylor picked up his second straight Doak Walker Award in 2019 after rushing for 1,909 yards and 21 touchdowns. His rushing yards and rushing touchdowns are second in the nation behind fellow All-American Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State. If you include his receiving statistics, Taylor had 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 26 total touchdowns. The 2019 Thorpe Award winner, Delpit earned his second straight AFCA All-America honor by recording 56 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and eight passes defended from his safety position. He is a leader on an LSU defense that allowed only 37 points over the final three games of the season. - American Football Coaches Association


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  12/16/19 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Ohio State each placed three players on The Associated Press All-America first team released Monday. Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU highlights the first-team offense and Heisman finalist Chase Young of Ohio State leads the defense on the team presented by Regions Bank that was chosen by a panel of 15 college football poll voters. The top-ranked Tigers also placed receiver Ja'Marr Chase and cornerback Derek Stingley on the first team. Young was joined on the first team by Ohio State by teammates Wyatt Davis, a guard, and Jeff Okudah, a cornerback. No. 3 Clemson's only first-team All-American was linebacker Isaiah Simmons. No. 4 Oklahoma was represented on the first team by receiver CeeDee Lamb. No. 5 Georgia and No. 11 Wisconsin were the other teams with multiple first-team selections. Georgia placed tackle Andrew Thomas and safety J.R. Reed on the All-America team. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is the only player to repeat as a first-team All-American this season. Badgers center Tyler Biadasz also made the first-team. - AP College Football

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  12/14/19 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER: For the first time in 60 years, an LSU Football player has staked his claim to the highest individual honor in collegiate sports, the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Senior quarterback Joe Burrow was announced as the 2019 winner at a ceremony at New York's PlayStation Theater on Saturday evening. Burrow became the second player from LSU to win the award, joining late halfback Billy Cannon, who was announced as the winner on Dec. 1, 1959. As a graduate transfer, Burrow signed to play his remaining two seasons of eligibility for LSU on the day Cannon passed away: May 20, 2018. "I'd like to thank Louisiana, the entire state," Burrow said after thanking his teammates, family and coaches. "Just a kid from Ohio coming down chasing a dream. And the entire state has just welcomed me and my family with open arms, and invited us in to be native Louisianians. I've learned to love crawfish and gumbo.

"Coach O," Burrow continued, fighting back tears. "You have no idea what you mean to my family. I didn't play for three years. You took a chance on me, not knowing if I could play or not. And I'm forever grateful for you. Can you imagine a guy like Coach O give the keys to his football program? It just means so much to me and my family." The vote was a runaway. Burrow set Heisman Trophy records for receiving the highest percentage of first-place votes in history (90.7 percent), broke O.J. Simpson's largest margin of victory (1,846 points), earned the highest percentage of possible points (93.8 percent) and the highest percentage of ballots received (95.5 percent). - LSU Football


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  12/12/19 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 MAXWELL AWARD WINNER: Joe Burrow, LSU,...The 2019 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Burrow (342-of-439, 77.9%) has thrown for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns - both LSU and SEC single-season records - with only six interceptions. Burrow's 48 touchdown passes rank first in the nation. Burrow has helped LSU score 47.8 points per game, good for third place among all FBS teams. He has thrown for 300 or more yards in eleven games this season, including a season-best 489 in a win over Ole Miss on Nov. 16. A week earlier, Burrow threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-41 victory over then top-ranked Alabama and earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors. - LSU Football

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  12/12/19 - JaMarr ChaseSo/2022, LSU, 6-1, 200 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WINNER: Ja'Marr Chase, LSU,...Chase, from Metairie, La., tied the SEC record for touchdown receptions in a season with 18. He led the nation in TD receptions and receiving yards with 1,498 on 73 catches. Chase is the only player in LSU history with two 200-yard receiving games during the regular season. - LSU Football

(DS#1 WR) So/2022 WR JaMarr ChaseLSU
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  12/12/19 - Joe BurrowrSr/2020, LSU, 6-3, 216 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WINNER: Joe Burrow, LSU,...Burrow's record-setting season has seen him lead the Tigers to a school-record five wins over Top 10 teams. In two years as LSU's starting quarterback, Burrow has posted a 23-3 record with nine of those victories coming over Top 10 opponents, the most of any player at his position in school history. In 13 games in 2019, Burrow has thrown over 400 yards twice and he's gone over the 300-yard mark 11 times, also a school record. - LSU Football

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