UofL FOOTBALL | Lamar Jackson has "been looking forward to this day for a long time"

12/29/2015 11:50 AM

When the Louisville football team took the field against Auburn on September 5, not a soul in the world thought Lamar Jackson, a true freshman, would take the first snap of the game. And after Lamar Jackson through an interception to start Louisville’s 2015 season, very few thought we would see the freshman again for a long time, which could not be farther from the truth.

Head coach Bobby Petrino sent Jackson back in the second quarter and gave him a lot of leash to work with. Jackson then showed a national audience that he was going to be an athletic force to be reckoned with whenever he steps onto a football field. He put up over 100 rushing yards in that game, a few touchdowns, and then went on to break almost every freshman quarterback record in program history.

This season, Jackson has recorded four 100+ yard rushing games, ran for 734 total yards and nine touchdowns, thrown for over 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns, and did not even start a handful of games. His most recent game, a comeback win over rival Kentucky, solidified his role as the starting quarterback. That win over UK also proved as an impressive measuring stick for how far the young quarterback has progressed. Jackson is now finding a lot more confidence in himself, and so are his teammates. Lamar Jackson will start in his first bowl game on Wednesday when Louisville kicks off against Texas A&M, a moment he has been looking forward to, since he was a child.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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