If they decided the Heisman Trophy race after Week 2, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson would win in a runaway. While that’s obviously not the case, he’s gotten himself off to such a historic start that he is undoubtedly sitting in the catbird’s seat for the honor, having now broken the Louisville single-game total yards mark, becoming the first Cardinal to exceed 600 yards in a single game. The old record was held by quarterback Chris Redman at 578 yards.
If the numbers weren’t enough, he also had his proverbial “Heisman moment” earlier in the contest when he hurled a Syracuse defender en route to his fourth rushing touchdown of the first half.
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— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 10, 2016
A year ago, Jackson was an incoming three-star freshman quarterback. He eventually went on to play in 12 games for the Cardinals, starting seven of them, and displayed much of the dual-threat ability he has showcased thus far in 2016, when he passed for 12 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more, while exceeding 2,700 total yards as a true freshman.
In his first game of 2016, Jackson threw for six touchdowns and rushed for two more, grabbing a Louisville school-record for touchdowns in a single game. As an encore, he now owns the single-game total yards mark.
The next time he takes the field will come at home in a gargantuan early season matchup against Florida State that will not only determine the Cardinals fate in the ACC for the remainder of the season, but whether or not the Jackson Heisman hype or Louisville College Football pandemonium can begin to crescendo.