University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson keeps adding to his list of accomplishments this season. The sophomore has been named a finalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards, announced on Monday evening.
Jackson is joined by Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers as the final three for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top player, while Mayfield and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson team with Jackson as finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the top quarterback in the country.
Both awards will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday, Dec. 8, on ESPN. Jackson will be in attendance for the awards show in Atlanta, Ga.
The school’s first finalist for the Maxwell Award, Jackson has put up eye-popping numbers in leading the Cardinals to a 9-2 record and helping the Cards lead the nation in scoring (46.0 ppg.) and total offense (558.5).
Jackson tied an ACC record last week with 47 touchdowns responsible for this year, tying Watson, who totaled 47 last season. Jackson is third in the country with 19 rushing touchdowns and has passed for a career-best 28 scores.
In the season-opening win over Charlotte, Jackson tied an ACC mark with eight touchdowns in a 70-14 win. He also accounted for seven scores in big wins over Marshall and Boston College.
Jackson set an ACC record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,367 yards and became the first Louisville quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. The Pompano Beach native needs 63 yards to break the school’s single-season rushing record.
Leading the Cardinals in rushing, Jackson owns six 100-yard rushing games this year, including a season-best 199 yards in a win over Syracuse on Sept. 9. The school-record holder for total offense in a season with 4,476 yards, Jackson set an ACC record with 610 yards in Louisville’s 63-28 win at Syracuse on Sept. 9.
As a passer, Jackson has thrown for 3,109 yards and 28 touchdowns, totaling a pair of 400-yard games, including a career-best 417 yards in a win over Marshall. He also passed for 411 yards versus Syracuse, while posting 300-yard games versus NC State and Virginia.
The Cards will close the regular season with a nationally televised game on ESPN at noon versus arch-rival Kentucky.
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