Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson sure knows how to start fast. He became the first player in program history to score the first touchdown of the season in both his freshman and sophomore years.
Jackson, who surpassed 1,000 career rushing yds, is the first player in #UofL history to score first TD of year as freshman and sophomore.
— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) September 1, 2016
The sophomore scored on a 36-yard run to give Louisville an early 7-0 lead over Charlotte. After just the first series, Jackson had 68 rushing yards, which was enough to give him 1,000 yards on the ground in his career. Last season, he ran for 960 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per attempt, and 11 touchdowns as a freshman.
He was also a pretty successful passer during his freshman year. Jackson completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 1,840 yards while also throwing 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Although it’s clear the sophomore is a fast starter, one could also argue he’s a great finisher. His best performance of last season came in the Music City Bowl against Texas A&M. In the season finale, Jackson threw for 227 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt, and two touchdowns while also running for 226 yards and two more scores. Jackson either threw or scored all four touchdowns in the 27-21 victory.
Due to the huge bowl performance, expectations have risen considerably for both Jackson and the Cardinals. Many consider them a sleeper in the ACC, but Louisville is going to have to knock off either Clemson, Florida State or both to be a serious contender for the Atlantic division crown.
Louisville will face Florida State at home in Week 3 and then Clemson on the road on Oct. 1.