UofL FOOTBALL | Lamar Jackson Wins 2016 Heisman Trophy

12/10/2016 09:06 PM

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the winner of the 2016 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

Jackson becomes the first Louisville Cardinal to ever win the award and the fourth sophomore to ever win the award.

He is also the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious award.

Jackson received 2,144 points, followed by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who had 1,524 points.

Jackson had 526 first-place votes, while Watson had 269 first-place votes.

Jackson finished first in each of the six Heisman regions.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield finished third with 361 total points and 26 first-place votes.

Jackson set numerous records over the course of the season.

By the time the regular season ended, Lamar Jackson had become the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a single season.

He also is the only FBS player to have multiple seven-touchdown games in one season the last ten years. He had eight touchdowns against Charlotte, seven touchdowns against Marshall and seven touchdowns against Boston College. Louisville won each of those games.

Numbers like those are a key reason why Jackson was the Heisman front-runner most of the year.

The impressive numbers do not stop there though.

He was responsible for 51 total touchdowns in 2016, an ACC record. Twenty-one of those touchdowns were rushing touchdowns, which is the most by a quarterback in ACC history.

Outside of conference records, Jackson broke even more school records. His 4,928 total yards of offense and his 1,538 rushing yards are both single-season Louisville records.

By the time the single-season was over, Jackson led his Cardinals to a 9-3 record. They will play LSU in the Citrus Bowl Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fla.

Here’s a look back at his tremendous season.

Click on the link below to watch Jackson’s full press conference after the Heisman announcement:

Andrew Chernoff

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