If you missed it, there was an asteroid shower in college football this past week.
One of the top receivers in the nation, Texas Tech’s Jonathan Giles, announced his transfer to LSU.
Giles, who had 69 catches, 1,158 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns for the Red Raiders, will sit out the 2017 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
So, let’s get this straight.
A receiver will leave the top ranked FBS offense in yards passing per game, sit out a year and join the 101st ranked passing offense.
Call it the Matt Canada effect.
“Obviously the ball will be in the air, much more now, than it was in the past,” said John Curtis Christian School head coach JT Curtis.
The hiring of new offensive coordinator Matt Canada is already paying dividends.
“LSU has landed a proven playmaker,” said Curtis.
The disparity between the Texas Tech passing game and LSU’s is stunning. In 2016, Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 41 touchdown passes. Even his backup threw six touchdown passes.
The last three seasons, the LSU starters threw a combined 35 touchdown passes.
The single season LSU touchdown pass record is held by Matt Mauck and JaMarcus Russell with 28 each.
Jonathan Giles is counting on that record being in jeopardy, one day soon.
For LSU recruiting efforts, it is a stunning turn of events and a ringing endorsement for Canada.
Giles is banking that Canada will do for LSU will did for the University of Pittsburgh, specifically quarterback Nathan Peterman.
In one season, Pitt’s yards per attempt jumped from 7.28 to 9.33 yards. Peterman’s quarterback rating in 2016 was a gaudy 163.4.
Peterman threw 27 touchdown passes, against only seven interceptions.
At Texas Tech in 2016, Giles was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist. He did some of his best work against quality opposition, including eight catches for 136 yards with two touchdowns against West Virginia and 10 catches for 167 yards with two touchdowns against Oklahoma.
In 2016, LSU did not have a receiver with more than five catches a game in the regular season. In the Citrus Bowl, Tigers wide out Malachi Dupre had seven receptions for 139 yards.
So, maybe the once-archaic LSU passing game is being welcomed to the 21st century.
That may explain the tremor felt in Baton Rouge when one of the nation’s top pass catchers, who had offers from Ohio State and Florida State, chose LSU instead.