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Joe Burrow follows Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray for Heisman Trophy first in NFL draft

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Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has helped to make some NFL draft history. By being named the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, Burrow was the third consecutive Heisman Trophy winner to go No. 1 overall in the following draft. This is the first time in draft and Heisman Trophy history that the No. 1 overall draft pick won the Heisman Trophy the previous season.

Burrow was chosen with the top overall pick one year after 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma was selected with the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. The previous year, in 2018, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma was selected with the first overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield took home the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

Burrow is the 23rd Heisman Trophy player to go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. Another LSU icon, Billy Cannon, pulled off the accomplishment in 1960 after winning the Heisman Trophy in 1959. The only other schools to have multiple Heisman Trophy winners that were chosen first overall in the draft are Oklahoma (4), Notre Dame (3), USC (2), and Auburn (2).

Heisman Trophy Winners Drafted No. 1 Overall in NFL Draft

  • 1935 – Jay Berwanger – Chicago (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1940 – Tom Harmon – Michigan (Chicago Bears)
  • 1942 – Frank Sinkwich – Georgia (Detroit Lions)
  • 1943 – Angelo Bertelli – Notre Dame (Boston Yanks)
  • 1949 – Leon Hart – Notre Dame (Detroit Lions)
  • 1956 – Paul Hornung – Notre Dame (Green Bay Packers)
  • 1959 – Billy Cannon – LSU (Los Angeles Rams)
  • 1961 – Ernie Davis – Syracuse (Washington Redskins)
  • 1962 – Terry Baker – Oregon State (Los Angeles Rams)
  • 1969 – O.J. Simpson – USC (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 – Jim Plunkett – Stanford (New England Patriots)
  • 1977 – Earl Campbell – Texas (Houston Oilers)
  • 1978 – Billy Sims – Oklahoma (Detroit Lions)
  • 1980 – George Rogers – South Carolina (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1985 – Bo Jackson – Auburn (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1986 – Vinnie Testaverde – Miami (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 2002 – Carson Palmer – USC (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 2008Sam Bradford – Oklahoma (St. Louis Rams)
  • 2010Cam Newton – Auburn (Carolina Panthers)
  • 2013Jameis Winston – Florida State (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 2017 – Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma (Cleveland Browns)
  • 2018 – Kyler Murray — Oklahoma (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 2019 – Joe Burrow, LSU (Cincinnati Bengals)

Murray and Mayfield completed a pretty rare feat as the top picks of the draft in back-to-back years. The 2018 and 2019 drafts marked the first time the top overall picks in consecutive seasons had come out of the same school since 1968 and 1969. USC’s Ron Yary and O.J. Simpson went No.1  overall in those years, respectively.

So, the pressure is on for whoever ends up winning the 2020 Heisman Trophy. The bar has certainly been raised.

Texas A&M QB commit Kyler Murray could face MLB baseball decision

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National Signing Day is now just a couple of days away, and many eyes in the state of Texas are locked on Kyler Murray. The four-star dual-threat quarterback from Allen, Texas is supposedly a solid verbal for Texas A&M, sometimes you just never know for sure until that National Letter of Intent is signed, sealed and delivered submitted through a fax. While Aggies fans are likely feeling good about the addition of Murray and beginning to dream about how he could flourish in Kevin Sumlin‘s offense, there could be something else that could get in the way of Murray being the next starter in College Station.

Baseball.

Murray is an accomplished baseball prospect that has caught the eyes of baseball scouts as well. Just last month Murray was ranked the No. 29 baseball draft prospect and many feel he could very well be a first-round draft pick in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft later this spring. Could the chance to get started on a baseball career prevent Murray from ever taking a snap at Texas A&M?

He has a chance to go in the first round this spring,” MLB.com and MLB Network’s Jim Callis said to USA TODAY. “He’s the X-factor of this [year’s draft]. He can really run, put the bat on the ball, but there’s still some mystery about him.”

Callis says Murray could very well be a first-round draft pick in the MLB Draft if he has a good spring and shows an interest in signing a contract to enter a team’s farm system. It is a question that pops up every year after signing day and sees a handful of players pass on college football in order to get started in minor league baseball.

Just last year Tulsa lost kicker Cole Way to the American League champion Kansas City Royals. Nebraska wide receiver recruit Monte Harrison joined the Milwaukee Brewers after being drafted by the Brew Crew. And Johnny Manziel was drafted by the San Diego Padres, just in case that whole football thing doesn’t work out in Cleveland.

Odds are Murray will stick with football and try his hand at both sports at Texas A&M, which will allow him to develop in both sports and maybe even improve his future draft stock in either sport. Or maybe, just maybe, he can be the next Bo Jackson.

You never know.

Auburn’s season-opening QB question may be answered this week

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Barring any unforeseen developments, Nick Marshall will remain Auburn’s quarterback for the 2014 season as the Tigers look to defend their SEC title and make a push for the College Football Playoff. Marshall, though, will not start Auburn’s season opener against Arkansas due to a marijuana possession citation this offseason. Just who might start in his place for the first game of the season could be determined this week, with the season set to kickoff next week.

The most likely scenario appears to be Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn handing the offense to sophomore Jeremy Johnson, but as previously reported, Marshall is expected to see some playing time in the first game of the year as well. The big question is just how soon Marshall will enter the game. After one series? One quarter? One half?

“Talking to coach I think probably here in the next couple of days we’ll go ahead and decide how we want to handle that,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Sunday, per Al.com. “We have not made a decision yet, both those guys have repped and had a good fall camp. So, I think probably pretty soon, at least internally, we’ll know how we’re going to handle it and then coach will address that when he’s ready and we’ll have a good plan.”

Over the weekend Johnson sung Marshall’s praises to the media, guaranteeing the Auburn quarterback will win the Heisman Trophy, joining Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan in Auburn history. Johnson may get to take advantage of some early playing time in Marshall’s brief absence, but there is certainly no quarterback controversy to be seen on the plains.

Auburn students arrested following Jordan-Hare Stadium heist

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Some Alabama fans may still think the Crimson Tide had a win stolen from them there last fall, but Auburn’s Jordan Hare Stadium was the scene of a memorabilia heist Friday. Three Auburn students were arrested for stealing over $16,000 worth of Auburn football memorabilia, much of it related to former Auburn greats Cam Newton and Bo Jackson.

According to a report by OANow.com, the students broke into Jordan Hare Stadium through the locker room and made off with jerseys, helmet and a championship football from the 2010 BCS Championship Game as well as some other miscellaneous merchandise.

The full list of stolen goods, per OANow.com is as follows…

  • White No. 34 Bo Jackson jersey – $2,500
  • Bo Jackson helmet, orange facemask – $2,500
  • Bo Jackson game football – $2,500
  • White No. 2 Cam Newton jersey – $2,500
  • Cam Newton BCS helmet – $2,500
  • 2010 National Championship Game football – $2,500
  • Schutt helmet – $425
  • Shoulder pads – $325
  • Blue No. 1 jersey – $300
  • Blue No. 81 jersey – $300
  • Football cleats, white – $145
  • Football pants – $110
  • Pair of wide receiver gloves, orange – $41
  • Pair of wide receiver gloves, white – $41
  • Under Armour girdle – $50
  • Under Armour compression shirt, blue – $40
  • Pair of Under Armour wristbands, orange – $20
  • Pair of socks – $15
  • Under Armour wristband, orange – $10
  • Laundry loop – $4

Times are tough, but sometimes you just have to have a laundry loop, right?

Auburn police are investigating how the intrusion occurred.

Helmet sticker to CBSSports.com.