Louisville QB Lamar Jackson rushes against Murray State in Louisville's 55-10 victory over the Racers. Photo by Jared Anderson, River City Cards
despite stats, Louisville qb has improved
If EA Sports NCAA football continued, the 2017 cover would feature the finest football player… The class of the country. Lamar Jackson is someone to watch, someone to look up to, and someone to envy.
Last year, Jackson had an amazing year, but is he on track to raise the bar from last year? Jackson’s stats last year are something to look at and to think about when it comes to seeing where he is now. Currently, Jackson rounds out the top 5 for the Heisman watch, against Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield, Bryce Love, and Luke Falk (he’s tied with Falk). However, I see him moving up as we get into ACC play.
Jackson knows how to think quickly and do crazy things on the field, which is why he’s a fantastic quarterback. Look at last week against Murray State, He only played two quarters and added four touchdowns (one rushing, three passing) bringing his total yardage to 2,073.
Look at his passing and rushing yards from September 2016 compared to this year. In September 2016, Jackson has a total of 1,330 passing yards and 526 rushing yards over four games. Averaging the numbers that are about 464 yards passing or rushing in each game. In October 2016, his yards averaged per game 415.5 yards. In November, his yards were 352.5 yards per game.
You’ll notice each month they decreased, but will that happen this season?
I say no. Many of the starters on offense and defense are new and as the season progresses, they’ll improve. Jackson’s completion percentage also decreased last season, but every game is not 100% dependent on him, as many people think. It’s a team effort, that’s why there are other players on the field and as the stat’s show, especially in the last two games, Jackson cares and loves what he does. He did his best in the Houston and Kentucky game.
Looking at this season so far and comparing with last year is difficult if you go with my theory; but if you’re a numbers person, then knowing where he is can give some indication on what he plans to do next year. In the past month, Jackson has a total of 2,073 yards through five games. In September, Jackson is averaging 414.6 yards per game, despite the break against Murray State and Kent State.
As for the first game in October, it’s no question where Jackson’s Stats will be. Based off last year’s numbers. We will see what this October and November holds for our Louisville Cardinals and fearless quarterback; but, as an avid fan, I believe Jackson and the team will improve as the season progresses.
Jackson is an underdog to repeat as Heisman, partially because Louisville is an underdog. But, we will step up and he will do it. He has grown and looks like he is grooming himself to be one of the best NFL quarterbacks when he gets drafted.
As a quarterback and a Louisville Cardinal, he is no doubt as cool as a cucumber. I predict he will break through as a Heisman frontrunner. The way Jackson runs the ball is no doubt something to watch, especially when you’re in the front row, having a heart attack, hoping he can penetrate through the defense. It’s stressful, and the reason for the “Cardiac Cards” moniker.
As for NC State in a few hours, we’ll see what the future holds.
Tonight’s game will show how the team has improved to help Jackson. Will the offensive line block? Will his receivers catch the ball? will Bonnafon make an impact on screen plays? All things to keep an eye on. The team’s confidence is up after the past two opponents, but we will see how it all comes together tonight!