Louisville QB and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. Photo by River City Cards
jackson looks to lead cards to another historic season
2016 was a tremendous year for the Louisville Cardinals. The Cards beat Florida State, had a top-three offense, broke numerous records, and had a player win College Football’s highest honor- the Heisman trophy.
The player responsible for all is Lamar Jackson.
The 6’3” Pompano Beach, Florida native made an impact in just his first season, leading Louisville to a comeback victory over arch-rival Kentucky, where he was named the game’s Most valuable player. Jackson also set the Music City Bowl for rushing with 226 yards, and a pair of touchdowns; including a 61-yard rush, against SEC power Texas A&M.
But 2016 was where Jackson made his mark, and put Louisville football back on the nation’s radar. He achieved numerous records, including the ACC record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, the ACC record for the highest total offense in a game, the school record for the most touchdowns responsible for in a game, the list goes on. Due to the historic year, Jackson won the Heisman Trophy for 2016, becoming the youngest player to do so.
Jackson is a dual-threat quarterback. He proved his running skill numerous times last season, even hurdling a Syracuse defender en route for a touchdown. His passing skills are better than the statistics show. There were a few passes last year that were dropped by the receiver. He also didn’t have five seconds to throw most times- the line collapsed more times than not.
Despite this, he proved to be a capable starter at quarterback. More than capable.
And in 2017, you can bet he will be even better.
Jackson’s skills will improve due to his teammate’s improving. He now has a line that can protect him, coached by one of the best in the business, Mike Summers. He also has dependable receivers that won’t drop every other pass. In short, expect him to force his name into the Heisman discussion once again.
And behind him is another good young dual-threat QB: Jawon Pass. The 6’4” Columbus, Georgia native was rated a four-star recruit by all the major recruiting outlets. He was also ranked at the 10th quarterback and 191st prospect by Scout. He also was 228th in ESPN’s top 300. His brother also plays for Louisville, as a safety. If the game gets out of hand, and Pass does come into the game, he will prove almost as formidable as Jackson. All that is left now is football. The Cards take on Purdue this Saturday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. River City Cards will release its season preview this Thursday.