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Joe Burrow wins the Heisman Trophy

JOE BURROW of Louisiana State University has won the 2019 Heisman Trophy as the top college football player in the nation (Wikipedia, Tammy Anthony Baker).

Joe Burrow, who hopes to lead LSU to a national championship in a few weeks, was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player Saturday evening.

Burrow, whose Tigers are 12-0 and ranked number one in the nation, won nearly 91 percent of the first place votes.

Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts was second and Justin Fields of Ohio State third.

Burrow transferred from Ohio State on 2018 and had a banner year in 2019, throwing for 48 touchdown passes. He’s the first LSU player to win the Heisman in 60 years.

In remarks at the awards ceremony in New York’s Times Square, he said “All my teammates have supported me, welcomed me with open arms. Kid from Ohio, come down the bayou and welcomed me as brothers,” according to the Associated Press.

The next stop for Burrow – who almost certainly will be a top draft choice for the NFL soon – is the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 28 in a College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma.

House Democrat may switch parties

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Congressman elected in 2018 as a Democrat from a district in New Jersey, will switch parties and become a Republican, according to published reports.

REP. JEFF VAN DREW of New Jersey.

Drew, 66, was one of the two Democrats who voted against starting an impeachment inquiry about President Donald Trump.

Drew has not made any formal announcement.

He is considered a moderate-to-conservative Democrat, and unseated a long-term Republican incumbent in the “Blue Wave” election that swept his party into control of the House of Representatives.

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