UofL FOOTBALL | Lamar Jackson's quarterback maturation is promising for Louisville future

11/30/2015 06:10 PM

The first offensive play Louisville ran this season was an interception thrown by a true freshman that not a soul in the world expected to start at quarterback. That was September 5 against Auburn.

Flash forward almost three months later, and there is no a question that Louisville freshman Lamar Jackson has the capabilities to excel as the signal caller of an elite college program. Case in point, his most recent outing against the University of Kentucky where Jackson accounted for 316 yards of total offense, and three touchdowns. His performance against UK earned him ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season.

Jackson set a new personal best for his short collegiate career with 186 yards rushing against the Cats, which is also the school record for single game rushing by a quarterback, breaking his previous record of 184 that set against Samford earlier this season. He set a school record for single season total offense by a freshman, finishing the regular season with 2,347 yards. The previous record, 2,195 yards, was by Teddy Bridgewater in 2011. With his two touchdowns on Saturday, Jackson set a school record for single season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with nine, one better than the eight for Benny Russell in 1965. And Jackson moved into second place in career rushing yards by a quarterback with 734 and trails only Stefan LeFors, who had 756 yards rushing from 2002-04.

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