LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase named New Orleans male amateur athlete of the year

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LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase was named the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Male Amateur Athlete of the Year Friday.

“It’s a dream come true,” Chase said. “I had all my goals written down on my mirror. I accomplished every goal I wrote down. I got to come up with new goals now. This season has been ridiculous, man, that's all I can say.”

Chase had a record-breaking sophomore season as helped LSU to an undefeated 2019 campaign.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver set the school and SEC record for receiving yards with 1,780 and single-season touchdown receptions with a NCAA leading 20. The former Rummel star won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and was a unanimous first-team All-American in LSU’s national championship winning season.

Chase becomes the fourth LSU football player in the last 40 years to be named New Orleans Male Amateur Athlete of the Year, joining Corey Webster (2003), Tyrann Mathieu (2012) and Leonard Fournette (2016). The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, selects annual winner.

The other finalists for Greater New Orleans Male Amateur Athlete of the Year were Donovan Kaufman (Archbishop Rummel Football), Sully Laiche (Nichols State Football), William Loyd (Xavier University Basketball) and Christian Westcott (Lakeshore High Football).