University of Louisville true freshman Lamar Jackson smiled when he started talking about the Music City Bowl and was asked about the matchup the Cardinals will face with Texas A&M.
Jackson called it his biggest game. He'll likely make the start for the Cardinals on Dec. 30 in Nashville and he said he recalls watching Louisville in the Belk Bowl last season.
"I was still in high school," he said with a smile. "This is exciting because it's my first bowl game.
"I just can't wait to see what it's like. It's going to be a lot of fun for us as a team."
Jackson, who played in 11 games this season for the Cardinals, leads the team in rushing with a single-season U of L record for a QB at 734 yards and nine touchdowns. He has completed 123 of 221 passes for 1,610 yards and 10 TDs.
After his MVP effort in the comeback against Kentucky, Jackson now already has 2,347 yards of total offense this season. He broke Teddy Bridgewater's old mark of 2,195 for single season total offense by a freshman
With the two TDs in a win over UK, Jackson set a school record for single season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with nine, one better than the eight for Benny Russell in 1965. And he also moved into second place in career rushing yards by a quarterback with 734.
"I can still get a lot better," Jackson said. "There's a lot of time between now and the game, three weeks, and I know I can still get better and improve on a lot of things. I still have a lot of room to improve."
Jackson said the 15 practices between now and the Music City Bowl will "really help" his maturation process for his sophomore season.
"It will be easier for me coming into spring ball, knowing everyones assignments," Jackson said.