LSU suffered its first loss of the season against Florida on Saturday. Players brought the same dreary attitude they had in the postgame to player interviews on Monday.
While they’re still shaking off the tough 27-19 loss, it’s time to move on.
“Can’t dwell on what happened last week,” Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow said to me Monday.
In one of his more difficult games of the year, Burrow was 19-of-34 passes for 191 yards with two interceptions against the Gators.
Burrow put the ball on the money several times in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but his offensive line crumbled and the receiving corps just couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities he gave them to turn the game around.
But the signal-caller knows he’s looked to as a leadership figure in the locker room, and wants the team to bounce back as they face the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs in Tiger Stadium this weekend.
“We’ll watch the film as a unit today and we’ll put it behind us. 24-hour rule. We’ve got to get up and get ready. We can’t sulk.”
Burrow showed us earlier this week how much of a class act he is, tweeting his support for former teammate Dwayne Haskins.
Haskins was the quarterback who beat Burrow out at Ohio State, bringing on his transfer to LSU. He’s also in the race for the Heisman Trophy.
Given this and how much success Burrow’s had over the course of just six games, it’s evident the Buckeyes have always been stacked at quarterback.
“Absolutely. I was with him for three years,” he told me in reference to Haskins. “He’s a great guy and a great player and I’m always rooting for him.”
Burrow said the two don’t really discuss their individual performances now that they no longer share a sideline, but rather focus on only “personal things” in conversation.
Burrow said the only reason he came to LSU was to play in the big games the SEC had to offer.
“You grow up wanting to play in games like this,” he said to the media. “You don’t want a cakewalk through the whole season. You want to be challenged and you want to play the best teams that there are.”
The Tigers are up against what is arguably the toughest schedule in college football this year. But Burrow jumps at such a challenge.
“When I first looked at it, I saw Georgia and Alabama in three weeks, and kind of perked up a little bit and thought, ‘that would be kind of fun,’ “I’m looking forward to it, but it’s going to be a big challenge.”