Lamar Jackson will enter the 2017 season looking to do what only one college football player has ever done. That is the tall task of repeating as the Heisman Trophy winner. Several players have been invited back to New York as a Heisman finalist the year after winning the award but only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has heard his name called in consecutive years (1974 and 1975).
Man, what a wild ride this season was.
The 2016 season for the Louisville Football Cardinals was certainly a memorable one, although at times, it was for both the right and wrong reasons. Now that the dust has settled on one of the more noteworthy seasons in Cardinal Football history, its time to look back and ask ourselves: “Where are we now? Are we on the right track? What is the current state of the Louisville Football program?”
The piece was originally supposed to be a tag team live stream open discussion with Jeremy and I, following the Houston game. Prior to that game, Louisville was 9-1, and we had every reason to believe that we still had a legitimate shot to crack the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. While we still needed help from other teams, we still had hope that with our Heisman candidate quarterback and our high-octane offense, that we could still find a way.
This years National title game hasn’t even been played yet & the odds for next years winners are already out:
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In what was a fitting end to U of L’s major collapse in the 2016 season, the Cardinals fell to LSU 29-9. Derrius Guice led the Tigers with 138 yards and two total touchdowns, while Malachi Dupre also had a stellar game with 139 yards against a depleted Louisville secondary.
Lamar Jackson put up numbers in a regular season that we have never seen before. Before the season started, we had high expectations based on his Music City Bowl performance, but nobody expected what we all witnessed. Coming into the first game of this season vs Charlotte, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson had not started two consecutive games. Despite that fact, Lamar tied an ACC single game record with 6 passing touchdowns and tied the ACC record of 8 touchdowns responsible for. He would then go on to set another ACC single game record with 610 total yards vs Syracuse. Read the rest of this entry
Interviews with Lamar Jackson, Jaylen Smith and Kahlil Hunter after today’s practice in Orlando. Lamar said he doesn’t get into trash talk, he just plays football.
Our fine friends at The ACC Digital Network put together this video package for the Citrus Bowl match up between Louisville and LSU on New Years Eve. The Cards will feature your Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson who will be going up against last years September Heisman Leonard Fournette….Oh wait, he is not playing. Well they will go up against a solid back up in Guise. Should be a fun one! Go Cards!
From Rocco Gasparro,
University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson added to his trophy case on Tuesday as the sophomore became the school’s first player to be named the Associated Press Player of the Year. Read the rest of this entry
Lamar will now greet people at the airport. This makes me want to fly somewhere soon just so I can come home to this.
Lamar Jackson made history becoming the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy. Many former Cards, professional athletes and others have reached out to congratulate him on his accomplishment. Here are a few …… Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be the first to admit that I thought something like last night could never have happened at Louisville. Sure, one could create a super-athlete on an NCAA Football video game and win multiple Heisman’s at Louisville, giving a cool passing thought of, “It’ll be nice when Louisville has a Heisman Trophy winner.” But I never thought I would see the day when the Cardinals would actually have one in real life.
There were a lot of preexisting caveats prior to Lamar Jackson’s coronation as a Heisman Trophy winner. If Elvis Dumervil had one of the best defensive seasons of all-time and wasn’t even invited, when would Louisville ever have a Heisman finalist? The same could have been said for Brian Brohm, when Louisville rolled to an Orange Bowl victory in 2006. It also applied to Teddy Bridgewater, who prior to last night had the most valid argument for the greatest quarterback in Louisville football history, and certainly has an impeccable legacy of his own.
I talked to my longtime friend Bradley about the possibility of Jackson winning the Heisman back in August, and it would be lengthy discussions about what Louisville could actually do in 2016. Yes, I did believe Jackson would have a great year. He showed flashes of brilliance as a raw athlete in 2015, and ended on an exceptionally high note with legendary performances against Kentucky and Texas A&M. Bobby Petrino has a reputation as one of the top minds, when it comes to developing offenses in college football. Another year in Petrino’s system to develop as a passer and learn the playbook, and Jackson’s potential was certainly limitless.
Happy day after Heisman day! It is always a great day to wake up and say, Louisville had a Heisman Trophy Winner. I will admit I have a small sample size for that comment seeing I’ve only been able to experience that one day. Lamar Jackson became immortal in Louisville sports history. It’s something most of us never thought we would see. Going back to the days of practicing & watching games at Old Cardinal Stadium. We were an independent then C-USA then Big East then AAC and now ACC. We are in the ACC! Everything has changed. We are reaping the benefits of that now.
Another thing that makes these days great are waking up and seeing another highlight video from @UofLFootball commemorating Lamar’s amazing and historic moment. Rocco did an amazing job chronicling it. Made me feel like I was there. Here’s the latest.
Here is footage by @UofLFootball of the Heisman Trophy announcement & presentation of the trophy.
As you all know by now Louisville has their first Heisman Trophy Winner. Lamar Jackson Is the youngest winner in history & has the most rushing yards by a winner that was also a QB. It’s truly awesome to have seen this & we should all be honored to have witnessed it. Here are videos of him winning the trophy.
Lamar has been busy the past few days. Our friends at @UofLFootball have put together a video showing what Lamar has been up to today in NYC. I also wanted to include some stuff I had seen throughout the day. Lamar Jackson is in NYC preparing for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony which happens tomorrow night at 8pm. The ceremony will be on ESPN & will also be broadcast live on 93.9 The Ville! Enjoy!
In a sign of things to come, Lamar made history tonight. He became the first Cardinal to ever win the Maxwell Award for the nations Player Of The Year & the first Card to win the Walter Camp Player of The Year Award. He was also named to the All-American team. He somehow lost the O’Brien award (best QB) to a guy that finished second to Lamar in the ACC Player Of The Year Race:
Tonight it was made official. Lamar Jackson was named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Lamar & 4 other athletes were invited to New York for the ceremony which will air live at 8pm on ESPN. Here is the official release and the presser via periscope.
Also here are a few graphics showing how impressive this year was overall:
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