Film Room #2: Lamar Jackson

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Lamar Heisman Jackson has been putting up outrageous numbers this season at the college level. The Louisville quarterback first made headlines this year after putting eight (eight!) touchdowns on the board against Charlotte. With his impressive display so far this year, the only thing between him and the Heisman Trophy is the presentation ceremony.

Game 1

As I said above, Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals faced the Charlotte 49ers. To say that Lamar Jackson was impressive would be an understatement. He put up eight touchdowns in just the first half—the only half he played. Even so, Jackson went 17-23 with 286 passing yards and 6 passing touchdowns, and was the game’s leading rusher with eleven carries, 119 rushing yards, and 2 touchdowns.

Sorry, Charlotte. Image credit: Know Your Meme.

Game 2

A week after an almost God-like performance against a far inferior team, Jackson and the Cardinals headed north to take on the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Not to say that Lamar Jackson played a bad game, but the Syracuse secondary proved to be a bit of a challenge for him to navigate. His stats for this game were much more believable – 20-39, 411 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. But not to fret! Jackson still made the Syracuse defense as a whole look silly. He was again the game’s leading rusher, this time with 21 carries, 199 rushing yards, and four touchdowns on the ground.

Game 3

Okay, it’s fair to say that Lamar Jackson is a much more prolific runner than he is a thrower. This was proven again by his performance in his third game of the year. Florida State came to town and the Seminoles were favorites in Vegas, but Lamar Jackson don’t care ’bout your bets, he cares ’bout ballin’ out. And ball out he did. This man put up average numbers through the air – 13-20, 216 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. But running the ball, he was again almost unstoppable, with 17 carries, 146 yards and four touchdowns.

Game 4

FINALLY, Lamar Jackson was not the leading rusher for the game. In fact, he didn’t even lead his team. But that’s all right; he didn’t need to. He carved the Marshall secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey, going 24-44, 417 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Yes, that is 417 yards through the air. But that’s not all, he added 12 carries, 62 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns.

Game 5

Someone needs to tell this man that he is already starting and doesn’t need to try as hard. Against Clemson (a top five team at the time) he put up truly outrageous numbers. But then, so did everybody. It was as if neither defense showed up, with a final score of 42-36 falling in Clemson’s favor.

Lamar Jackson still played incredibly well: 27-44, 295 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception through the air is just unreal against a top five team, right? How about putting up 31 carries, 162 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns on his way to (once again) being the game’s leading rusher? Am I crazy to think that is just shouldn’t look this easy? No? Cool, thanks.

Game 6

Louisville vs. Duke. This game seemed as if Duke had no business being on the same field as the Cardinals, but that changed when the game started. Holding Jackson to to a measly 13-26, 181 yards and 1 touchdown through the air, the Blue Devils gave themselves a chance to win the game. But Jackson won the game for Louisville with his legs, which were good for 21 carries, 144 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Lamar Jackson showed that he was able to make the most out of a bad situation and keep his offense rolling, even in his worst game of the year.

Game 7

Lamar Jackson came into his game against NC State determined to prove that his performance against Duke was a fluke. He accomplished that goal too easily. It seemed as if the Wolfpack defense was still in the locker room for the whole game. Jackson went 20-34, 355 yards and three touchdowns in the passing game, and yet again was the best runner in the game, putting up 17 carries, 76 yards, and a touchdown. Playing against Lamar Jackson is not fair.

Game 8

I have truly exhausted my vocabulary of adjectives to describe Lamar Jackson’s game. [Ed. Note – I haven’t. This guy’s game sounds positively numinous.] To put it simply, teams just shouldn’t show up to play him because he is too good. He yet again made a defense look silly in his game versus Virginia. He rolled over them for 24-41, 361 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception and through them for 17 carries and 88 rushing yards. He is just unfair.

Game 9

Okay. Before I start with Lamar’s stats for this game just know that BC has (or, at least, did before this game) one of the best defenses in the country. Don’t tell that to Mr. Jackson; he will laugh at you and ask if you watched his game. This man absolutely bullied this team, as did the whole Louisville defense for a lopsided 52-7. Lamar Jackson had yet another insane day, throwing for 12-17, 231 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception and running for 15 carries, 185 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Game 10

Wake Forest should have been a cakewalk for this Louisville team, but it proved to be quite the challenge. Down 12-3 at the half, the Cardinals came out hot in the second. Jackson went 14-26, 145 yards and a touchdown through the air and 22 carries and 153 yards on the ground. This game was a great example of Lamar setting up his teammates and letting them get some touchdowns.

Overall, I think Lamar Jackson is just too good. He is a tremendous runner with a very strong arm. He leaves little to be desired on the field, he is a great runner and possesses unprecedented arm strength. Honestly, the Heisman conversation has been over for some time now because of how good his play has been this year. He has forty-six touchdowns this year, so: sorry to the other Heisman hopefuls, but Lamar Jackson has this one locked up.

 

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