Joe Burrow walked off the field at Ohio State on April 14, 2014, seconds after launching a 42-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the spring game. It was a walk-off shot, of sorts.Burrow lobbied for his place atop the Buckeyes’ depth chart after finishing with 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ spring scrimmage. “Well, I came here to play,” Burrow said at the time. “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench for four years. I know I’m a pretty good quarterback. I want to play somewhere.”MORE: Sporting News 2019 All-America teamHe found somewhere at LSU, and the two-year journey took a turn when the Tigers hired Saints passing game coordinator Joe Brady in January. Burrow found more than just a new home. He simultaneously took his game — and the program’s — to the next level in a remarkable record-breaking season.For his efforts, Burrow is the Sporting News 2019 Player of the Year in college football, joining Billy Cannon (1958-59) and Bert Jones (1972) as the only LSU quarterbacks to win the honor. Burrow did that by pulling LSU out of Alabama’s shadow in the SEC, helping the Tigers to their first SEC championship since 2011 and leading them to their first-ever College Football Playoff appearance.He offered clues for how this season might go at SEC Media Days:”The one thing that I saw (in Alabama’s losses) is that people were able to get their playmakers in space and create matchup problems for them,” Burrow said. “With what we have right now and what we plan on doing on the offensive side of the ball, I think that’s what we’re going to be really good at.”The Tigers did just that under the combined efforts of Brady and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, helping Burrow set single-season SEC records in passing yards (4,715) and touchdowns (48).More importantly, Burrow was his best on the biggest stages: He emerged as a Heisman Trophy contender with 471 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-38 win at No. 9 Texas, clinched it by passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-41 victory at No. 1 Alabama and added one final point of emphasis by throwing for 349 yards and four more scores against No. 4 Georgia in the SEC championship game.And when Burrow did when the Heisman, he was quick to thank the team that welcomed him in.”All of teammates have supported me and welcomed with open arms, a kid from Ohio, coming down to the Bayou — and welcomed me as a brother,” Burrow said.That has become the dominant storyline of 2019. Burrow (or “Burreaux”) split that Heisman speech to touch on his two homes: the one in Southeast Ohio, where he began his career, and the one in Southeast Louisiana, where he formed a bond with coach Ed Orgeron. Burrow said he would lift the Heisman for LSU, Ohio State, Southeast Ohio and all of Louisiana. Said Burrow: “My journey, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world.”It will come full circle if LSU and Ohio State win in the College Football Playoff semifinals. At that point, Burrow will have a chance to lead a national championship run.That’s what he was looking to do along. He just had to find the right place to play.