Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said sophomore QB Lamar Jackson has room for improvement, despite gaudy numbers in opener

Sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson put up gaudy numbers in the opener last week but after reviewing the film, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Jackson could have been even better and has room for improvement.

Louisville Cardinals football coach Bobby Petrino said during the offseason he was going to be hard on sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson because he wants to get the best out of his signal-caller.

Well, Petrino is being tough on Jackson.

Jackson was named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for a school-record eight touchdowns in a 70-14 win over Charlotte in the opener. But Petrino said he wasn't satisfied.

When asked on Monday is Jackson's game was as good on film as the numbers indicated, Petrino said, "Um, No."

"It’s always that same deal, nothing is as ever as good as it seems, and nothing is as ever as bad as it seems," Petrino said. "Reality lies somewhere in between. So we’re going to go with that."

Jackson completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards and six touchdowns - connecting with six different receivers - and rushed 11 times for 119 yards and two more scores. Jackson hit 10 different receivers and was the team's leading rusher.

After the game, Jackson said he gave himself a 'B' grade for the game and his coach agreed.

"We need to be better with our footwork," the coach said. "We need to be 100 percent correct on all of our reads. I did think that he really delivered the ball well, and it was good to see him keep his focus down field and deliver the ball as he’s getting hit standing in there.

"I thought the two-minute drive was probably great for him because I thought he made three of his best throws in that drive."

The Cardinals will play Syracuse on Friday night at 8 o'clock in the Carrier Dome.

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