Here are some things to consider before the game:
Randy Moss’s son has been strong for L.S.U.
If the closed wing of L.S.U. sometimes reminds you a little of Randy Moss, there is a good reason for that.
Thaddeus Moss, among the best tight ends of L.S.U. history, is the son of six times Pro Bowler who was the star of Minnesota and New England, among others N.F.L. Franchises He entered the championship game with the L.S.U record. for most receiving yards by a tight wing and averaged almost 13 yards per catch.
But how did he decide on number 81 when his father wore three jersey numbers?
“He was 82 years old before he was 81, so he didn’t want to go very far from that number,” he said Saturday morning. “Eighty-one, I feel like it was when he played his best soccer brand. He was a little mature, and that’s probably when I remember him playing soccer more.”
The number 81 has worked well for Thaddeus.
In a camp for quarterbacks, Burrow and Lawrence taught high school students and learned from the Mannings.
The camp counselors did well.
Last summer, long before it became clear who would arrive at the game for Monday’s national title, L.S.U. Field Marshal Joe Burrow and Field Marshal Clemson, Trevor Lawrence, spent time in Louisiana practicing their passes, showing the strength of their arms and … teaching teenagers. It was all part of the job of being a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, the summer soccer institute that attracts about 1,200 high school players and introduces some people who know something about the main offenses.
“Both were good children, great attitude,” said Burrow and Lawrence Archie Manning, who runs the camp with their children, including Peyton and Eli. “Joe is a little calmer but serious. You can believe he did a good job with them, working on the basics and mechanics and that kind of thing. “
However, Manning quickly added that “many of the children were a little more amazed at Trevor,” most likely because he had already won a national title. (“And then the hair distinguishes it,” Manning added with a smile).
But as the days went by with Burrow and Lawrence touring groups of players (Lawrence trained a Manning grandson in seven-on-seven games), the nation’s most celebrated quarterback family also had the opportunity to explore the calls signal for LSU and clemson
Manning said Burrow was “a kind of sponge of Peyton and Eli.”
“It shows that he is engaged, that he is serious, that he throws the ball well, that he is precise and can make all the throws,” said Manning. But Manning, still a legend in Mississippi that his shirt number is enshrined as the 18-mile-hour speed limit of the campus, said Burrow’s father had approached him with a request: tell Joe something about landing , on It doesn’t work so recklessly.