Lamar Jackson: Ready To Make The Leap



Last year at the University of Louisville was one of the more turbulent in recent history at the QB position. Was Will gonna start? Was Reggie gonna start? Was Kyle gonna start? One consensus was certain in the fans eyes. Lamar was too green to start. Experts all around the country were certain that Lamar was option number 4. I will admit, I heard he was struggling with the playbook and told Steve that maybe this year he would dominate but no way would he get consiferable time last season. I like being wrong. Lamar burst on the scene mid way through the season and didn’t look back. Sure he had gotten to play here and there but he didn’t explode onto the scene until after the mid way point. I see awesomeness in the Cards this year. (pun intended) I am not the only one who thinks that either.

The following excerpts are from CampusRush at SI:

Fast-forward 14 months and Louisville fans are quite familiar with Jackson’s ability. The quarterback enters his sophomore season as one of the most exciting players in the ACC. He burst on to the scene in 2015, starting eight games and compiling 2,800 yards of total offense with 23 touchdowns. In just one season, the dual-threat Jackson set the program’s career record for rushing yards by a quarterback (960).


What should scare the rest of the ACC is that Jackson remains relatively raw. This month the quarterback will cap his first spring with the Cardinals, and for the first time since Teddy Bridgewater was at Louisville no one questions the team’s future under center. “Hopefully we have a better record [than we did] last year,” Jackson says. “That’s all I can say right now.”

Jackson added several clips to his highlight reel as the season progressed. He set a school record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (184) in a 45–3 rout of Samford on Sept. 26—then surpassed that mark twice, including during a 226-yard outing against Texas A&M on Dec. 30. He passed for 307 yards in a 41–21 loss at Florida State on Oct. 17, and he finished second in ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year voting.

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