UofL FOOTBALL | Lamar Jackson working on throwing ball away

04/10/2017 09:27 PM

Lamar Jackson was arguably the most electric player in college football last season. His ability to cut, juke, run, and still throw a laser-fast pass earned him numerous awards, most impressively the Heisman Trophy.

His playmaking ability is second-to-none, but the University of Louisville football staff is now working to put him in situations to be a playmaker, without injuring himself or hurting the team.

Head coach Bobby Petrino has been quick to praise the improvements of his star quarterback throughout spring practice, but he also makes it clear there are areas for improvement. In the team’s scrimmage over the weekend, Petrino said a big focus with Jackson is to develop his ability to take snaps under center instead of from the shotgun, and throwing away the football when play falls through.

The Cardinal scrimmage was 160 plays, and the goal was to put the players in real-game situations. Petrino said this usually a great time of year, because after weeks of learning plays on film and walk-throughs on the field, the players really start to understand their role when they take the field.

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