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Louisville Cardinals’ quarterback Lamar Jackson has been crowned the winner of this season’s most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman Trophy. He is the sixth quarterback in the last seven years to have been awarded the Heisman Trophy.
Jackson, 19, completed 220 of his 382 (57.6% pass completion percentage) for 3,390 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns along with 9 interceptions this past season as a true sophomore. He also totaled 234 rush attempts for 1,538 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns, all numbers that led the nation among quarterbacks.
Despite Clemson Tigers’ quarterback Deshaun Watson being the preseason favorite to win this season’s Heisman Trophy award, Jackson was the Heisman Trophy award frontrunner right after the first week of play after he totaled eight touchdowns in just one half of football against the Charlotte 49ers in week 1. He led the Cardinals to a 9-1 start and a rank as high as #3 in the AP Poll before they dropped the final two games of the 2016 regular season to the Houston Cougars and the Kentucky Wildcats, respectively. However, he stayed on the top of the Heisman Trophy award rankings of many people throughout the entire season, and for all the right reasons.
Watson along with Oklahoma Sooners’ quarterback and wide receiver Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook and Michigan Wolverines’ linebacker Jabrill Peppers rounded out the top 5 in the voting for this season’s Heisman Trophy award, respectively.
Jackson and the #13 Louisville Cardinals (9-3) will take on the #20 Louisiana State Tigers (7-4) in this season’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, which will be held on Saturday, December 31st, 2016, at 11:00 AM EST at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.