J.C. Copeland is one of the most underrated players from this year’s LSU team as he was a key piece in a much improved offense this season and cleared holes for Jeremy Hill and other backs when he was on the field.
Saturday, Copeland played in the Collegiate Bowl and earned a huge honor, the game’s most valuable player, after leading Team National to a 31-17 victory over Team America.
He was force for the running game, making huge blocks to create room for his running backs.
When team National got to the goal line they trusted the big man with the ball. Copeland only had two carries during the game but he had a one yard touchdown run on each of them.
While playing for LSU Copeland had 7 touchdowns on 36 carries and had never scored more than once in a game. His last carry for the Tigers was when he fumbled the ball going in for the touchdown against Alabama.
According to Nola.com, Copeland gave all the credit to his offensive line,
“I really have to credit my O-line. I told them I needed one yard and I’ll put it behind y’all and they did their thing.”
National coach Dick Vermeil commented after the game about his decision to give Copeland the ball,
“We originally didn’t have him in a running back position, he was always leading as a blocker. When we saw him on the field, we said when we get down the field and it’s inches to go, we might as well give it to the 270-pounder.”
It was nice to see Copeland play well in his final collegiate game after all the great things he did for LSU.