If you didn't know how good LSU Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was before one special Saturday last fall, you certainly should now. The junior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana was one of the most important players on the team, and he just had arguably the best game of his life in Tuscaloosa.
In LSU's 46-41 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide back in November 2019, Edwards-Helaire racked up 103 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns, while also catching nine passes for 77 yards and another score at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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Although quarterback Joe Burrow got all of the hype and Heisman Trophy talk, the 5-foot-8, 210-pound running back was an absolute stud and a massive reason why the Tigers remained in the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff hunt.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire's Historic Night
There have been some amazing running back performances in college football over the years. This game by Clyde Edwards-Helaire absolutely belongs on the list.
Given the circumstances of helping LSU remain undefeated and against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, it's truly incredible what he was able to do all night long.
Anything the Tigers asked of Edwards-Helaire, he got it done. And then he tacked on even more.
With less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Edwards-Helaire bulldozed his way to the end zone to secure the win. And after the game, he found his dad in the stands and shared a very touching moment with him.
LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire Hugs His Dad
What an amazing moment, especially for an overlooked star like LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Coming out of Catholic High School, Edwards-Helaire wasn't a household name. In fact, he was just a three-star recruit and ranked 378th nationally by 247Sports. But he definitely turned heads this past season.
Through nine games before that special moment, the LSU football star had 786 rushing yards, 202 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns. However, none were bigger than his NCAA college football game against Alabama.
Edwards-Helaire had two touchdowns in the first half and added two more in the second half. He gave Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide fits from the opening kickoff.
LSU players snapped a long losing streak against the Tide and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. And no matter how many talented players Coach O had on the roster, perhaps none were more valuable than Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Despite a nagging hamstring injury late in the season, Edwards-Helaire helped the Tigers to wins over Georgia in the SEC Championship in Atlanta, Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, and Clemson in the CFP National Championship Game against Clemson in New Orleans.
He declared for the 2020 NFL Draft after the title game and was drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Although Edwards-Helaire might be gone, he's the kind of player that makes LSU fans wear their gear proudly.
This post was originally published on November 11, 2019 before updating.
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