Tonight the 2020 football season will officially be over (minus the FCS who is apparently still playing in March and April???) and we will all be better for it.
While the 2020 LSU football season could have been... better, the LSU alumni in the NFL were dominant at almost every every position. Before we preview a Super Bowl that has LSU more represented than any other school, let’s look back at what the Tigers accomplished throughout this weird year, starting with the All NFLSU Team and a breakdown of how the picks were made.
QB: Joe Burrow, CIN
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helarie, KC; Leonard Fournette, TB
WR: Justin Jefferson, MIN; Jarvis Landry, CLE
TE: Foster Moreau, OAK
G: Trai Turner, LAC; Damien Lewis, SEA
C: Ethan Pocic, SEA
T: Andrew Whitworth, LAR; Jerald Hawkins, PIT
EDGE RUSHER: Michael Brockers, LAR; Barkevious Mingo, CHI
INTERIOR RUSHER: Davon Godchaux, MIA; Breiden Fehoko, LAC
LB: Devin White, TB; Patrick Queen, BAL; Deion Jones, ATL
CB: Tre’Davious White, BUF; Donte Jackson, CAR
S: Tyrann Mathieu, KC; Jamal Adams, SEA
LS: Reid Ferguson, BUF; Blake Ferguson, MIA
QB: I mean no shit it’s Burrow. He only played half the season and still almost made that cursed franchise look like they have a glimmer of hope for the future. He’s legit.
RB: While Darrell Williams has been solid for the Chiefs, Fournette’s resurgence during the Playoffs makes him the easy second pick behind Clyde.
WR: Jefferson was an easy choice, but Landry’s excellent showing in both Browns playoff games is why he gets the nod over DJ Chark and Russell Gage, who both had decent seasons on moribund teams. A lot of people also forget that OBJ was having a phenomenal start to the season before tearing his ACL. You’ll see him come up again later on here.
TE: Moreau was the only LSU tight end on an active roster this year, but still snagged two TDs despite sitting behind a Pro Bowler in Darren Waller and a corpse in Jason Witten. With the latter retired he should find the end zone more next year.
G: These were our only two options. Turner’s first year out west was a little rocky with him only playing half the team’s games, and while he started all 17 games, Lewis definitely had some rookie growing pains. La’el Collins missed the whole season with an injury, and every other guard was a reserve.
C: Pocic has become a rock for Seattle’s line. Lloyd Cushenberry played every snap for a rookie with the Broncos, but still has a long way to catch Pocic.
T: Andrew Whitworth is a crazy motherfucker who I think might be immortal. The only other tackle in the League is Jerald Hawkins who was on/off the active roster all year. Honestly the other tackle should’ve just been Whitworth again.
EDGE: Brockers had a solid year as usual, but how hard can it really be to play DE next to Aaron Donald? (This is a joke, I know it’s incredibly hard) K’Lavon Chaisson and Rashard Lawrence had some rookie struggles, so Mingo gets the nod with a decent year for the journeyman.
INT: Not a lot of options here. Godchaux only played five games before being lost to injury, and Fehoko didn’t hit the active roster until late November and didn’t record any stats. We gotta fill this roster out somehow!
LB: The most dense and loaded position of the year for sure. White was a shoe-in. Queen and Jones had stiff competition from Kwon Alexander, but they each had more tackles and found the end zone several times, so they got the nod. In addition to them, Jacon Phillips and Duke Riley were every down starters by the end of the year. As I said in a previous post, LSU might have a legit claim to LBU.
CB: White was a no-brainer, but D-Jax over Patrick Peterson might be a surprise. Jackson had a phenomenal year, cementing himself as one of the biggest playmakers on a defense that sorely missed Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Julius Peppers.
S: Duh. Moving on.
LS: Since LSU doesn’t currently have any kickers or punters in the league, we might as well include BOTH Ferguson brothers. Having two brothers both be long snappers for two teams in the same division is coo as shit. Of course we’re gonna brag about that.
NFLSU Plays Of The Year
Burrow’s First Score
Clyde’s First Score
Jarvis to Odell
The Griddy into the end zone
Justin Jefferson's first career TD is a 71 yd gem pic.twitter.com/lT2cbzgAh9— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) September 27, 2020
Donte Jackson in the open field
Old Man Whitworth strength
Look at 38-year old Andrew Whitworth just casually moving DT Vernon Butler (330 lbs.) with one arm over 5 yards downfield pic.twitter.com/aV54a65wpm— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) September 30, 2020
Who Remembers Tyron Johnson?
OBJ runs 64 yards on a 50-yard TD to ice it
PQ takes it the other way
Clyde through six defenders and the snow
...MORE Burrow Wizardry!
Devin White’s absurd burst
Tre White shuts the Seahawks down
Jamal Adams doing his Honey Badger impression
Linebac.... I mean Safety Jamal Adams with the strip-sack on Jared Goff who held the ball too long.pic.twitter.com/dqSnjjzO2X— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 15, 2020
Jefferson deep to take the lead
Justin Jefferson is an actual superhuman.pic.twitter.com/EkXdceFY9M— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) November 22, 2020
The best Falcon named Deion to ever get a pick-six
ABSOLUTELY FILTHY Jefferson Route
Justin Jefferson’s route running is on another level. So crisp. pic.twitter.com/VzqptpXgcy— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) November 29, 2020
Honey Badger seals it
Open field Foster Moreau ankle-breaker!
Duke Riley plucks it out the air
QB1 Russell Gage
Best Rookie Receiver EVER
Landry helps the Browns shock the world
But Landry answers back...
Devin White back in Louisiana
Fournette makes the Packers look like Auburn
Devin White finds the ball
One LSU RB in the end zone in KC...
And now another!
Clyde Edwards-Helaire goes untouched into the end zone!@Chiefs take a 21-9 lead. #RunItBack #NFLPlayoffs— NFL (@NFL) January 25, 2021
: #BUFvsKC on CBS
: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/RTcXvhOR4u pic.twitter.com/26m2w8FOTV
And now that we’ve recounted how we got here, onto the finale.
SUPER BOWL LV
CHIEFS vs BUCCANEERS
When: Feb. 7, 5:30 CST on CBS
Former LSU Chiefs Players: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Darrell Williams, S Tyrann Mathieu
Former LSU Bucs Players: LB Devin White, RB Leonard Fournette, LB Kevin Minter
Lol what are we even doing here? This game got a 10 when it was in the regular season and Fournette was still the reserve back. Now he’s the starter, this game is the Super Bowl and there are more Tigers than any other school. Of course you’re gonna watch this shit.