Saturday’s game at Florida State didn’t end with Lamar Johnson’s best passing day statistically. But when you put the entire package together, he showed once again why he is such a multi-dimensional player.
Johnson ended the afternoon with just 156 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 21 passing, but his 23 carries for 178 yards and another score are part of what sets him apart from other quarterbacks around the country. Even when his passing numbers aren’t high, he can find many different ways to hurt teams.
Here is an example of that ability in the third quarter, with the game tied at 14. It had ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones marveling not just during the contest, but afterwards on Twitter.
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) October 21, 2017
Of course, Jackson may not get the Heisman Trophy love he should be getting because of the Cardinals’ struggles this season, but he has certainly done his part.
Jackson is completing passes at a 60.5% rate and has thrown for an incredible 2,478 yards (sixth in FBS) and 17 touchdowns versus just 5 interceptions. On the ground, he has recorded 868 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 carries, giving him a yards per carry average of 6.4 – with his 868 rushing yards putting him 10th in the country. His poise and focus on the Cardinals’ eventual game-winning drive was much needed by a team that was falling short of expectations in a year where they were thought to be a contender for the ACC Championship, at worst.
Will Jackson join Ohio State’s Archie Griffin as the only repeat Heisman Trophy winner in college football history? Time will tell, but when you look past Louisville’s record, he has certainly given the committee something to think about.
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