A legend is emerging slowly in Louisville, Kentucky. We are only three weeks into the 2016 College Football Season and a clear Heisman winner has emerged amongst the smoke.
Lamar Jackson Jr has separated himself from the Deshaun Watson’s and Christian McCafery’s of the world. Rarely do pre-season heisman favorites live up to the hype.
In the second game of the week against Syracuse, the game was over 10 minutes into the game. Jackson Jr fell 1 yard shy of becoming the first player to throw for 400 and run for 200 yards in FBS history. He did give us all a bevy of highlights to play over and over again. Louisville has puts points on the board fast this season. In the second quarter of the Syracuse game, the Cardinals were already up 28-7 when Jackson Jr leaped into the physique of America.
Jackson Jr is doing things on the football field that we haven’t seen since the prime days of Michael Vick. But Jackson Jr has already shown the ability to fit balls into tight windows in the passing game, while showing explosiveness in the open field. He’s emerged as the newest phenom to lace cleats up.
Saturday Morning started off with the first top-10 matchup of the season. The number two Florida State Seminoles faced the number 10 Louisville Cardinals. After Laila Ali chose her hometown Cardinals, they stormed out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. As of now Jackson Jr has 18 total touchdowns! He ran for four touchdowns and threw for one in a 63-20 rout of the second ranked team in the nation.
The 6’3 sophomore quarterback was the best player on the field Saturday morning in a game filled with NFL talent. Jackson Jr still has a year left before we can start the Mel Kiper mock drafts, but he has made a few plays every game this year that translate to the next level. He has a smaller frame but has time to put on muscle. His plus arm will spread the field and of course he is a natural runner who makes plays that you cant draw up on the sideline. The way quarterback play is moving towards in the NFL requires the QB’s to extend plays and make plays with their arms. Jackson Jr does both.
The Louisville Cardinals are now number three in the AP Top 25. The most glaring remaining opponent is a road game in November against the Houston Cougars. The rest of the schedule can hopefully equate to more jaw-dropping highlights.
Check out this fan made highlight tape made by Frankie Vision.