Louisville freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson made significant contributions this season

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson made quite the impact during his first year as a Cardinal

While only playing sparingly throughout the season, Lamar Jackson made a significant impact on the Louisville program during his rookie season.

His potential impact was evident in the season's first game when he came off the bench to lead the Cardinals with 106 rushing yards while also throwing for an additional 100 yards. The true freshman led U of L in passing in eight games, while topping the Cardinals in rushing in five contests.  The product of Pompano Beach, Fla., capped off his first regular season by once again coming off the bench, this time to lead a comeback victory at rival Kentucky by accounting for 316 of total offense to become the first freshman to earn MVP honors.

Here's a quick look at the Jackson's accomplishment and honors:


  • Finished regular season with a school record for single season total offense by a freshman closing the regular season with 2,347 yards. Jackson broke the previous record of 2,195 yards by Teddy Bridgewater in 2011.
  • Established a new school record for single season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with nine, one better than the eight for Benny Russell in 1965.
  • Jackson moved into second place in career rushing yards by a quarterback with 734 and trails only Stefan LeFors, who had 756 yards rushing from 2002-04.
  • His 734 rushing yards is the most by a Louisville freshman at any position.
  • Led the team with 1,613 passing yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Jackson is the first FBS quarterback this season to record multiple games with 150 rushing yards.
  • His 186 rushing yards against Kentucky is the highest total by a Cardinal in the Governor's Cup rivalry, surpassing the 181 yards gained by Frank Moreau in 1999.


  • Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week
  • Howard Schnellenberger Governor's Cup Most Valuable Player
  • Third in ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year voting
  • Fourth overall in ACC Rookie of the Year voting

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