Louisville Sophomore Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been named to the 2016 Maxwell Award Watch List. The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college football player. The award has been in existence since 1937 and several Maxwell winners go on to become the Heisman Winner. Louisville has never had a player win the award.
Lamar, from Boynton Beach HS in Florida had a breakout season as a freshman. Jackson was 135-247 (54.66%) with 1840 yards passing with 12 Touchdowns & 8 Interceptions and added an incredible 960 yards and 11 TDs rushing on 163 carries.
Several outlets have tabbed Lamar Jackson as a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and many others have chosen to spotlight Lamar in their pre-season write ups. Much of this stems from his final two performances of the season vs. Kentucky & Texas A&M where Lamar was electrifying. Against the Aggies Lamar threw for 227 yards and rushed for 226 becoming just the 3rd player ever to throw & rush for 200+ in a bowl game (Vince Young 2005 & Johnny Manziel 2012)