The Chad. That’s what you have to call it. Sounds cooler than Heisman.
That’s the name of the new award named after the LSU defensive back. You won’t read it anywhere but here. There has to be some piece of hardware named after him, after what Chad Jones did Saturday in Starkville, Miss.
If you missed it, the story didn’t start on Saturday. Jones is a modern-day Jim Thorpe. He was leading LSU in hitting [as in baseball] when spring practice beckoned. When Jones returned, he switched from outfield to reliever becoming a situational lefthander on what was eventually LSU’s national championship team.
Football? Preseason all-SEC. Some thought All-American. Both of those labels should be attached after Saturday. Jones, a junior, made the three biggest plays of LSU’s 30-26 victory over Mississippi State. On third and goal from the LSU 1, he knocked down Tyson Lee’s pass to a wide-open receiver. On fourth-and-1, he came in and cleaned up on Lee, stopping the quarterback just inches from the goal line.
While the Tigers were exposed defensively all day by the Bulldogs, they survived. Oh, and did I mention that Jones also had the eventual game-winning 93-yard punt return. For now, he shoots to the top of my Heisman list.
Or make that, The Chad list.• Elsewhere, how schizo is Florida State?
It beats a top 10 team one week [BYU], then it loses to a Matt Grothe-less South Florida at home. The Bulls made just enough plays to win 17-7 with replacement quarterback B.J. Daniels.
What hurts more, losing recruiting mojo to in-state South Florida or getting punked by a home boy? Daniels, from Tallahassee, was lightly recruited by the Noles. On Saturday, he became the first opposing quarterback to run for more than 100 yards against the Seminoles in 13 years.
Get back to us FSU when you decide what you want to be. Two-and-two coming out of September is definitely not it.
As one Warchant.com message boarder put it: This is one of those days when I'm just going to sit outside and fish and drink myself stupid, only some cold Coors Lights will help me out today...