Lamar Jackson soars into Heisman race


The Heisman Trophy won by John Cappeliti rest in the Museum.

Chase Meili, Spear Contributor


Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson took over College Football over the weekend with a monster performance vs the number two ranked Florida State Seminoles. Coming into the matchup, Louisville was ranked number ten in the nation and ready to prove they were worthy of higher spot. On Saturday they did just that. The Cardinals throttled Florida State 63-20. This was the largest defeat in school history for Florida State and the second largest loss ever by a top two team in the AP Poll. Lamar Jackson was the highlight in this game throwing for 216 yards along with 146 on the ground. Jackson scored four touchdowns on the run highlighted with a 47-yard touchdown where he avoided several Seminole defenders, embarrassing them in the process.

During his freshman season, Lamar wasn’t thought of anything more than a Heisman long shot. He completed a mere 54 percent of passes with only 1840 passing yards in 12 starts. Lamar was criticized for his passing ability and his chance for a future career in the NFL wasn’t even in question. In just three weeks Jackson has changed his whole path completely from a nobody to a favorite for the Heisman Trophy.  Lamar started off the 2016 season with a thrilling eight touchdown first half against the University of Charlotte.  Although this performance was verse a below average Division 1 team, you have to recognize the ability of Lamar Jackson. He didn’t disappoint in his second game against Syracuse where he totaled 510 all-purpose yards with five touchdowns. Lamar is improved from his freshman year in every statistical category. This was expected but not by the margin that he has accomplished.  Lamar has raised his pass completion percentage seven percent.  His increase in completion percentage has also doubled his passing yards per game.  His remarkable performances have even had Michael Vick whose regarded as the best dual-threat Quarterback, to state that Lamar is five times better than he was in college.  This is a remarkable compliment knowing that Vick was the first overall pick in the 2001 Draft.

Now as the number three team in the country, University of Louisville along with Lamar Jackson have high expectations for the rest of the season.  Jackson is now the clear favorite for the Heisman surpassing the beginning of the season favorite and Stanford running back, Christian McCaffrey. Jackson will be tested throughout his remaining schedule with road games against Clemson and Houston at the end of the year. If Lamar performs in any way similar to his first three games he will be on his way to the Heisman Trophy.