If you haven’t watched Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson after two weeks, do your best to rectify that as soon as possible. The sophomore has been a touchdown and highlight machine for the 2-0 Cardinals, who are emerging as a legitimate threat to Clemson and Florida State in the ACC Atlantic.
The Cardinals had Syracuse beat on the first play of the game, a 72-yard play-action bomb from Jackson to James Quick for a touchdown. Louisville scored three touchdowns on the first five plays on its way to a 62-28 win.
At the center of it all was Jackson. That’s important, because Louisville played far from its best game.
Entering Friday, Jackson’s eight touchdowns topped 115 other FBS teams. Now with 13 touchdowns, Jackson has more touchdowns than every single FBS program. To put that into more context, Missouri had just 16 touchdowns all of last season. His 15 rushing touchdowns is also best for a Louisville quarterback… in his career.
Lamar Jackson has played in 14 career games. He already holds the school record for rushing TDs by a QB with 15.
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 10, 2016
Jackson’s total yardage is something to behold, too. His 315 total yards in the first quarter was more than 29 FBS teams through one week. His 610 total yards for the game was a Louisville single-game record— and would rank him as the 13th best offense. He’s also, as far as anyone can tell, the first FBS player to throw for 400 yards and run for another 199 in the same game. (He actually had 200 yards rushing, but lost a yard on a run.)
He would have had more if there hadn’t been as many drops or fumbles.
Granted, Jackson has played two games — well, six quarters of two games — while every other team has completed one; plenty of teams will either match or leapfrog Jackson by the end of Saturday. And, yes, Louisville played just Charlotte and Syracuse. One is a new-ish FBS team while the other is rebuilding under a first-year coach. Still, the numbers are what they are, and they’re eye-popping.
The Heisman Trophy isn’t won in September, but come next week, Jackson will be on a number of ballots — if he isn’t at the top. Based on early results, he’s certainly earned the accolades. If nothing else, he’s establishing himself as one of the most exciting players in college football.
Oh, and Louisville hosts Florida State in Week 3.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Here are all the ways Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is better than most offenses