Louisville’s Jackson wins Heisman Trophy
NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson, a sophomore quarterback at the University of Louisville, has won the Heisman Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in college football.
Jackson, who amassed 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total touchdowns, is youngest player ever and the first player from Louisville to win the Heisman.
Wearing a school-color red coat with a black lapel, Jackson seemed a bit overwhelmed by winning.
“Oh my God,” he said several times.
Among those he thanked were his teammates, saying the award was for all of them.
“I can’t wait to treasure this moment with all of you,” he said. “I love you guys.”
Jackson is the first player in major college football history with at least 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season.
He was second in the nation in points responsible per game (25.7).
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson finished second in the Heisman voting, with 1,524 points. Jackson’s winning total was 2,144.
The other finalists were Oklahoma junior quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma senior wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers.
With a breakout performance in a 63-20 blowout against Florida State on September 17, Jackson became the early favorite to win the Heisman. In that game, Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for another one, compiling 146 yards rushing and 216 yards passing.