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Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson was named the winner of the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year awards.

During Thursday's award festivities, Jackson took home both player of the year awards in the Maxwell and Walter Camp -- strong indicators that he should be in line to win the Heisman on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also hauled in ACC Player of the Year and (predictably) ACC Offensive Player of the Year at the end of November. His absurd statistical season has been well-chronicled, but just as a refresher, Jackson racked up 4,928 yards of total offense while accounting for 51 total touchdowns in 12 games.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 5:07 PM

The Heisman Trophy has named five finalists for the award -- Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook.

A nice variety for this year's ceremonies in New York, set for Saturday night. A quick statistical rundown on all parties: Jackson stands as the front-runner after wrapping his season having accounted for 51 total touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing) while passing for 3,390 yards and rushing for 1,538 over 12 games. Mayfield has thrown for 3,369 yards with a 38/3 TD/INT ratio, hooking up repeatedly with Heisman friend Westbrook (74-1465-16). The last offensive finalist for the award would be Watson, who has accounted for 43 total touchdowns (37 passing, six rushing). And then there is Peppers, who did almost everything for Michigan this season, finishing out with 72 tackles (16.0 for loss), four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (plus three rushing scores) and 310 punt-return yards (including a touchdown). All five gentleman have posted immaculate seasons, but the award should be considered Jackson's to lose at this juncture.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 7:32 PM

Louisville TE Cole Hikutini accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Formerly of Sacramento State and City College of San Francisco, Hikutini has provided Lamar Jackson with an outstanding safety valve. The preseason Mackey Award watch lister has 656 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 1 - 2:47 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Also on Wednesday, Jackson was, naturally, named ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Heading into the bowl game, Jackson has accrued 4,928 yards of total offense and an ACC single-season record of 51 total touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing). Jackson also broke the ACC record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season with 1,538. Jackson has thrown for 3,390 yards. Jackson received 36 votes for the ACC POY honor, far more than second-place finisher Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (five).
Nov 30 - 4:37 PM

Louisville S Josh Harvey-Clemons accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder, a former Georgia transfer, is one of those newfangled hybrid safeties. A third-team All-ACC selections last year, Harvey-Clemons has over 140 tackles the last two seasons.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 30 - 4:18 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson completed 16-of-25 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 41-38 loss to Kentucky.

Jackson was far, far too turnover-prone in this one. Not only was he intercepted three times, he also fumbled in the red zone late in the fourth quarter. That fumble was recovered and led to the eventual game-winning 47-yard field goal by the Wildcats. So that was the bad. The good? Jackson rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns and has now accounted for 51 total touchdowns on the season. Louisville has lost two in a row and with Jackson playing a bit more inconsistently than he did early in the season -- even with the statistics still coming home just fine -- the Heisman race hasn't been wrapped up just quite yet.
Nov 26 - 4:15 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson said that he is not focusing on the Heisman Trophy.

"No, I'm not really focused on that. I was focused on winning [against Houston on Thursday]," Jackson said. "I'm not really focused on the Heisman. I just have to go out there, play with my team and help us win games. That's it." The 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore turned in his worst statistical performance of the season in Thursday's 36-10 defeat, throwing for just 211 yards and a score and -- even more odd for Jackson -- rushing for a scant 33 yards. Credit to Houston's defense, as the Cougars absolutely battered and fried the offensive line throughout the night. So long as Jackson doesn't trip up again in the regular season finale against Kentucky, the Heisman would still appear to be his award to lose. He has accounted for 47 total touchdowns through 11 games.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 1:15 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino said that by losing to Houston 36-10 on Thursday, his team "blew it."

That is certainly one way to put it. Louisville looked sloppy, irritable and disorganized in Thursday's loss. "We had an opportunity sitting there," Petrino said. "Can't take anything away from Houston either. They did a good job, they executed well and they played well. It was one of those situations where they were better than us tonight, no question about it." Louisville trailed 31-0 at the half. While their tight loss to Clemson on October 1 was understandable enough, this one was about as much of a no-show as you will see from a national title contender.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 1:03 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson struggled in Thursday's 36-10 loss to Houston, completing 20-of-43 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 33 yards.

Louisville's offensive line disintegrated in this one, with Jackson being sacked nine times in what was a dominant defensive showing by the Cougars. After falling behind 31-0 at the half, the electric 6-foot-3, 205-pounder's lone touchdown pass -- a 12-yard score to Cole Hikutini early in the third quarter -- brought thoughts of a potential comeback. Not to be, though, not to be. Louisville would manage just one additional field goal through to the end of the game. This loss, for all intents and purposes, figures to end the Cardinals' Playoff dreams. Jackson's Heisman dreams remain vibrantly alive despite the down contest, though. He should be able to do considerable work to help his already strong case in next Saturday's regular season finale against Kentucky.
Nov 17 - 11:48 PM

Louisville redshirt senior RB Brandon Radcliff rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in Saturday's 44-12 win over Wake Forest.

As tends to be the case, Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals with 153 yards on the ground. Nice of Radcliff to rejoin the party, though. He had not surpassed 70 yards rushing in any of his previous five games. Louisville needed him here, too, as Wake held a 12-3 halftime lead. It was the 5-foot-9, 214-pound redshirt senior who benefited as Louisville's offense finally lurched to life. He scored the team's first touchdown on a 55-yard run in the third quarter, then came through with two more touchdowns in the fourth.
Nov 12 - 10:38 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino will receive a $500,000 bonus due to his school's projected APR.

"While the APR figure is not official," spokesman Kenny Kleinh said, "we have determined that it will surpass the threshold for the payment of the bonus." Louisville's APR (Academic Progress Rate) should land somewhere north of 935, the number that would trigger Petrino's bonus. The NCAA requires a minimum four-year APR average of 930 to qualify for postseason play.
Source: USA Today
Nov 10 - 12:20 PM

Louisville HC Bobby Petrino railed against the perception that teams must blow out the opposition in order to curry favor with the CFB Playoff committee.

Following Saturday's 52-7 win over Boston College, Petrino frowned upon the concept of needless blowouts, saying, "It's sad because there's something called sportsmanship, but maybe I made a mistake. Maybe looking back at it, in Florida State, we should have kept all the starters in and scored 80 points and did that. But I don't understand why it's like that. I really don't." Committee member Kirby Hocutt denied that there is an incentive to run up the score to impress the CFB Playoff overseers, telling ESPN Radio flat-out that "we do not incent margin of victory." Coming from most coaches, Petrino's complaints would seem reasonable enough. Coming from Petrino, they sound almost ludicrous. Louisville has won six of nine games by at least 30 points. This is clearly not a team that has an issue rolling up the score, no matter how much Petrino would like to paint the Cardinals as just an innocent, 60-point scoring lamb caught up in a mean system.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 6 - 9:30 AM

Louisville sophomore WR Jaylen Smith had six catches for 123 yards and a score in Saturday's 52-7 win over Boston College.

Both the catch and yardage figures were career-highs. Smith is really coming on. A lanky outside weapon, the sophomore has now scored in four straight games and in six of seven.
Nov 5 - 3:34 PM

Louisville sophomore QB Lamar Jackson went 12-of-17 for 231 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 52-7 win over Boston College.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio, who praised Jackson all week, was a horrified bystander to the carnage this afternoon. As is his wont, Jackson really wrecked the opposition on the ground, churning out 185 yards rushing and three scores. Jackson started that work by scampering right through the middle of the Eagles' defense for a 69-yard score, becoming, somewhere en route, the first Louisville quarterback to top 1,000 yards rushing. He'll top 3,000 yards passing next week. Louisville (8-1) has only played nine games so far. Brain, broken.
Nov 5 - 3:30 PM

Louisville senior WR Jamari Staples caught seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in the school's 32-25 win over Virginia.

Staples' touchdown was a simple slant when isolated on the right side of the formation, breaking through a defender on the three yard line and falling forward for a score. Louisville passing offense produces four consistent targets, and this was Staples' game to shine.
Oct 29 - 4:10 PM


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