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Strongside/Weakside: Lamar Jackson

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After passing for eight touchdowns and rushing for another 10 in just the first three weeks of the season, Louisville Cardinals sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson has quickly become the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy. Is he any good?


  • Racked up record-setting 427 comparisons to Michael Vick in game against Syracuse
  • Stands tall in pocket before sprinting 60 yards for touchdown
  • Distracting Louisville sports reporters from whatever Rick Pitino is doing right now
  • Displays excellent velocity and accuracy when spiking football in opponent’s end zone
  • Leads entire team in receiving interview requests
  • Hasn’t made peep about fact that colleges should pay players


  • Way too much time left in college career for him to get DUI
  • Already verbally committed to play for University of Florence for junior year abroad
  • Must eventually endure fallout from whatever lured him to Louisville
  • Might only have a handful of six-touchdown games left in him
  • Sophomore year often highly transitional time of great personal questioning and grappling with identity
  • Will have to do this all again next year