Louisville’s Lamar Jackson landslide winner in Heisman race
Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson enjoyed all of the ingredients in winning the award as college football’s most outstanding player.
There was the signature moment when he scampered out of the pocket and hurdled a Syracuse defensive back on his way to a touchdown. There was the signature win against a big-name school when he helped throttle Florida State 63-20 with 362 yards and five touchdowns.
Finally, there were the outstanding statistics. His 4,928 yards of total offense were the second most in college football history behind Ty Detmer’s 5,022 with BYU in 1990. He rushed for more yards (1,538) than any other quarterback in history did this season and his 51 total touchdowns were third.
Despite a sluggish finish to the season, this is why Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide. He had 2,144 points to 1,524 for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. It was the sixth widest margin in 84 years of voting.
“He’s a freak,” Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware said after his team beat Louisville 42-36 earlier this season.
Now can he do it again when he returns his junior year? No one has repeated as Heisman winner since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975.
“I have to step my game up a lot more,” Jackson said. “I can’t have the same stats as this year.”
Jackson wanted to be more than an athlete. That is why it was so important for him to play quarterback when schools recruited him. He proved that he could lead teams in spectacular ways.
And just think. Jackson still has not mastered Louisville’s offense. One more year should do it, and he can be even more dangerous.
He enjoyed a QB rating of 153.3 his sophomore season and has a career average of 140.5.