Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Houston cornerback Brandon Wilson have won the National FBS Player of the Week honors for the first week of the season:
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 4, 2016
Jackson put up eight touchdowns in only the first half, beating the Louisville record of six. He finished with 405 total yards, going 17-of-23 through the air. The 19th-ranked Cardinals overpowered Charlotte 70-14 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
“I wanted to show everybody my throwing ability,” Jackson said, per UPI.com. “I was just trying to get everyone the ball. We have a lot of big-time players. I’m trying to get the ball in their hands instead of it looking like me running all the time.”
Jackson built off an impressive performance in last year’s Music City Bowl, when he threw for 227 yards and ran for 226. The Cardinals beat the Texas A&M Aggies 27-21.
The big game for Jackson is a good sign after struggles last season. His 54.7 percent completion percentage drew some attention to whether he could be accurate enough to lead the team. This award is a good first step.
Wilson stunned the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday by returning a field goal from endzone to endzone, scoring a touchdown. Houston won 33-23 over the No. 3-ranked Sooners. The return was marked at 100 yards, but he returned the 53-yard attempt out of the back of the Sooners endzone, so it was probably even longer than that.
Wilson defensed one pass and tallied five solo tackles and five assisted tackles in the Houston win as well.