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LSU Book Excerpt: Ja'Marr Chase Aims High For 2019 National Title | LSU

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Editor’s Note: The Advocate reaches the end of the countdown to LSU’s September 4th season opener against Florida State in an excerpt from the book LSU By the Numbers. He’s just one day away from kickoff on Saturday, so the Tigers’ best number one looks back at Ja’Marr Chase.

1 Jamal Chase

WR, 2018-19

Fred Biletnikov Award Winner

All-American and All-SEC 2019

Like many ambitious people, Ja’Marr Chase put a sticky note in the corner of her bathroom as a reminder of one of her goals.

The note had two words: “Biletnikov winner.”

After a promising freshman campaign in 2018, Chase was awarded the 2019 Biletnikov Award, along with Consensus All-American and All-SEC honors. The award is given annually to the nation’s best wide receiver, joining Josh since 2001 as the only LSU player to earn his lead. that.

“This is for my mom and dad,” Chase said when accepting the award in December 2019.

Born in Harvey, Louisiana in 2000, during Reid’s notable college career, Reid became a key player in LSU’s record-breaking offense. And Chase broke some records of his own.

During LSU’s National Championship season, he trailed Reed’s single-season SEC and LSU receiving record of 1,740 yards, an FBS-best 1,780 yards with 84 receptions, and an impressive 21.2 yards per catch. Did. His 20 receiving touchdowns of Chase also set his SEC record. He joined Burrow, fellow receiver Justin Jefferson, and tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the same season where he had a 5,000-yard passer, two of his 1,000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. made the Tigers the first team in the SEC’s illustrious history.

Chase was the most unstoppable in LSU’s Sept. 21 game at Vanderbilt. He had 229 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns on just 10 catches. That’s one less than the school record for one game. On his mistake on November 16, Ole looked to perform even better, scoring just 227 yards and his two touchdowns in his eight receptions.

Several competing defensive backs called Chase the best receiver they faced in 2019.

“He’s going to fight every play,” Cameron Dantzler of Mississippi State said at the 2020 NFL Combine. “He’s a very big, physical receiver.”

“He’s a really good player,” said former Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs. “He’s a stud. He’s fast, he’s good, he runs good routes. He’s a bowler.

Respect made Chase the choice to switch to the coveted No. 7 jersey for the 2020 season, but he opted out and was selected in the first round of the 2021 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

And what about that sticky note?

“Won,” Chase said. “I think I have to get rid of it now.”

career stats

Year G-GS Yard YPC TD

2018 13-7 23 313 13.6 3

2019 14-14 84 1,780 21.2 20

Total 27-21 107 2,093 19.6 23

other greats

Fred Booker, CB, 1997-2000

Having cemented himself as a starter in his last two and a half seasons with the Tigers, Booker was named All-SEC in 2000.

Christian Fulton, CB, 2016, 2018-19

After a drug test violation, he won a surprising comeback from the NCAA in 2018 and was a two-year starter and All-SEC corner in 2019.

Brandon Rafell, WR, 2006-09

One of the most productive receivers in school history, he has 175 career receptions for 2,517 yards and 25 touchdowns. In 2008 and in 2009 he won All-SEC.

Eric Reed, S, 2010-12

A 2012 All-American and two-time All-SEC selection in 2011 and 2012, Reed won 9-6 at LSU’s Game of the Century in Alabama in 2011. , made a crucial goal-line interception. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2013 draft.