Lamar Jackson wins Heisman as expected
Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman trophy Saturday night, becoming just the third player to win the prestigious award as a Sophomore. Jackson’s 2016 regular season finished with 3,390 passing yards, along with 30 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. What makes him truly special is he ran for an additional 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns. Jackson still has one more season in school before he can declare for the NFL, so is another Heisman in his future?
Jackson was a virtual unknown to the casual college football fan a year ago, but this season he put everyone on notice. His incredible stat-filled game against Syracuse (610 Yards, 5 Touchdowns) was stuff of legends.
It was Jackson’s play against fellow Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson and Clemson that likely secured the trophy. The 457 yards and 3 touchdowns in Death Valley was almost enough for the Cardinals to secure the upset. As for Jackson’s future, the odds of winning back to back Heisman trophies is a tough task. The 2018 NFL Draft promises to be loaded with talent, as Jackson, USC’s Sam Darnold, and UCLA’s Josh Rosen are all expected to be drafted in the top ten.
Jackson’s play have many pro scouts comparing him to a young Mike Vick. Whether Jackson can gain the success Vick had at the NFL level remains to be seen, but his ceiling is very high and fans have the right to be excited.