Lamar Jackson is 'dynamic' athlete

University of Louisville true freshman Lamar Jackson is a dynamic athlete and is among four quarterbacks battling for playing time with the Cardinals' at the quarterback position. Jackson has started out strong in fall camp and is getting high praise.

University of Louisville true freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson has been solid to open fall camp.

"He's a dynamic athlete," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said recently. "He's one of the fastest guys on the team and he can throw the football. He's a very good player."

But is Jackson good enough to play this season?

Jackson said "hopefully," noting that he wants to only play quarterback. He has been used as a kick and punt returner in practice and could see some time at those positions.

The native of Boynton Beach, Fla., was a four-star prospect in high school and the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Jackson is battling with Will Gardner, Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin for playing time.

“He has a really quick release,” said U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. “Really strong hand, which means the ball flies off his hand. He can throw the ball at every spot on the field. He throws deep balls really well. Then he has the ability to run, that is probably unmatched. He has a lot to learn but he's a good one."

Jackson, who has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, said he's getting used to the college game.

“It's going pretty good right now,” he said. "I'm learning a lot. You get to see your mistakes and make up for them the next day. (The coaches) tell you to keep going. Instead of beating yourself up, just keep going.”

Jackson was named Player of the Year as a senior in Palm Beach County after passing for 1,293 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 1,039 yards and 19 more TDs. He had a total of 80 touchdowns during his final two seasons of high school ball.


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