Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy
Lamar Jackson became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in history Saturday night, edging out Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma for college football’s top honor.
Among Jackson’s other notable highlights this season:
- He is only the third player in FBS history (after Tim Tebow and Cam Newton) to have 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in the same season.
- He joins Johnny Manziel as the only Heisman winners to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season.
- His 1,538 rushing yards are the most ever by a Heisman-winning quarterback.
- His 4,928 total yards are the second-most in Heisman history.
- He had an FBS-high six games with at least 200 passing and 100 rushing yards.
Jackson racked up eight touchdowns in three quarters during Louisville’s season opener against Charlotte, and his legend only grew from there. He rolled up 362 yards and five touchdowns in a big win over then-No. 2 Florida State and even bolstered his case in a loss, racking up 457 yards and three scores in a loss to Clemson. While Louisville limped into the offseason with back-to-back losses, those are hard to pin on Jackson as he racked up 696 yards and five touchdowns despite being sacked 14 times. He is the first player since Tim Brown (1987) to win the Heisman after losing his last two games.
Jackson’s trophy caps a record-setting season that saw him take home the ACC Player of the Year Award, along with the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Maxwell Awards. He is the first Heisman winner in Louisville history.
Here is the final vote breakdown. (First place votes in parentheses.)
|Lamar Jackson||2,144 (526)|
|Deshaun Watson||1,524 (269)|
|Baker Mayfield||361 (26)|
|Dede Westbrook||209 (7)|
|Jabrill Peppers||208 (11)|