The LSU Tigers proved to be the kings of the jungle that was the 2019 college football season and while Joe Burrow led the school to it’s fourth national title, the College Football Playoff Championship Game wasn’t the only time fans stood up and cheered.
The bowl season had some great moments and games by players that once dominate s their respective Texas high school football fields on Friday nights. Here are some memorable performances from the bowl season.
Grant Delpit, junior safety, LSU
No city can throw a party quite like New Orleans and Delpit’s play in the College Football Championship Game was the equivalent of showing up with the house with a keg to get the festivities going.
Delpit helped the LSU end the final Clemson threat by forcing Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to cough up the football after a 10 yard gain and clinch the national title for LSU. Derek Stingley recovered the fumble for LSU with 3:53 remaining and LSU was able to run out the clock in the 42-25 win.
The Thorpe Trophy winner ended the game with six tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack. Delpit made a name for himself as a star at Houston Lamar and transferred to the IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season.
JK Dobbins, junior running back, Ohio State
Dobbins had probably the gutsiest performance of the bowl season rushing for 174 yards despite playing with an ankle injury in the CFP Semifinal game against No. 3 Clemson. That proved to be his final game for the Buckeyes as Dobbins declared for the NFL Draft a few days later.
Dobbins was a La Grange legacy and helped the school two playoff appearances following in the footsteps of his father who was a member of La Grange’s 1997 state semifinal team.
Kary Vincent Jr., junior safety, LSU
It’s difficult to point out one a turning point in LSU’s 63-28 mauling of Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl CFP Seminal, but Vincent’s interception of a Sooner attempted trick play eliminated any remaining doubt of the Tiger dominance.
The run over came early in the second quarter and led to Joe Burrow’s third touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson to extend the LSU lead to 35-7. Vincent added four tackles in the semifinal and has 33 solo tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble this season. Vincent had seven interceptions as a senior at Houston Port Arthur Memorial and returned three of those for touchdowns.
K’Lavon Chaisson, sophomore outside linebacker, LSU
Chaisson helped the LSU defense limit one of the nation’s best offenses in the CFP Semifinal. He finished with six solo tackles, including two tackles for loss against Oklahoma.
A few years before earning an all-SEC first team selection, Chaisson became a part of Texas High School Football lore after making the clinching overtime tackle and force fumble of North Shore’s 2015 Class 6A, Division I State Championship victory over Austin Westlake.
Joseph Ossai, sophomore linebacker, Texas
The Conroe Oak Ridge alum helped the Texas Longhorns end a disappointing 2019 on a high note by dominating Utah 38-10 in the Alamo Bowl.
Ossai earned Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP honors after getting three sacked, five tackles for loss and nine total tackles. His third quarter tackle for loss on Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley gave Texas the ball on the Utah 45-yard line after a turnover on downs and set up a Sam Ehlinger touchdown pass to Keaontay Ingram that extended the Longhorn lead to 17-0.
Ossai was a Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Honorable Mention during his time at Oak Ridge.
Kellen Mond, junior quarterback, Texas A&M
Mond helped the Aggies score 24 straight points and defeats former conference rival Oklahoma State 24-21 in the Texas Bowl.
He completed 13 of 19 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and rushed 12 times fo 117, 67 of those yards came on a touchdown run for the Texas Bowl MVP.
Mond played at San Antonio Reagan before transferring to the IMG Academy as a senior. He was named the District 26-6A MVP as a junior after passing for 1,991 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Sam Ehlinger, junior quarterback, Texas
Ehlinger got the Longhorns moving up and down the field against the Utes in the 38-10 win to end the 2019 season.
The former Westlake Chaparral completed 12 of 18 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and another score on 11 carries to earn Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP honors.
Ehlinger graduated high school as Westlake’s all-time leader with 7,491 passing yards and 89 touchdowns.
Charlie Brewer, junior quarterback, Baylor
Despite leaving Baylor’s 26-14 Sugar Bowl loss to Georgia prematurely due to injury, Brewer put up big numbers against the Bulldog’s SEC defense.
Brewers competed 24 of 41 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. Brewers as an all-state quarterback and state champion at Austin Lake Travis.
Shane Buechele, junior quarterback, SMU
Buechele finished his first season with SMU with a big performance in a 52-28 loss to Florida Atlantic in the Boca Raton Bowl.
The Texas transfer completed 27 of 47 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown. The former Arlington Lamar star was a two-time all-state selection and finished with 6,379 yards and 73 touchdowns passing along with 1,805 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing.
Garrett Wilson, freshman wide receiver, Ohio State
The Austin Lake Travis alum had four catches for 47 loss for the Buckeyes in the CFP semifinals, including a highlight-reel catch in the first half.
Wilson had 1,151 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns as a Cavalier senior despite missing time with an injury.