Sophomore quarterback fueling nation's number two offense

Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson highlights the Cardinals high-powered attack

Highlighted by the play of Heisman Trophy candidate Lamar Jackson, Louisville's offense has developed into one of the nation's best, through the air and on the ground.

The No. 7 Cardinals enter their off weekend ranked as the nation's second best in total offense (659.2) and scoring (58.0).  Led by Jackson, who has thrown for a touchdown in eight straight games, U of L's passing attack is 11th nationally, with the running game checking in as country's fifth most productive.

With 28 touchdowns - 14 passing, 14 rushing - on the season, Jackson leads the nation in points responsible for with his 168 total points.  For those counting, he's ahead of the next guy, California quarterback Davis Webb by three touchdowns and a field goal.  Jackson has a five score lead over Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage in rushing touchdowns and he's sixth in passing touchdowns and No. 10 in passing yards. 

Receiving just tepid notice during preseason Heisman Trophy discussion, Jackson quickly emerged as the leading candidate.   Sports Illustrated has already given him the cover once, a first for a U of L football player. 

Despite the added attention, Jackson has remained grounded and continues his record-setting pace each week.

"You just have to stay humble," Jackson said. "I just keep myself focused and try to prepare each week for our games."

Despite the team's first loss at No.5 Clemson, Jackson remained the clear favorite according the folks at ESPN, picking up 90 percent of first-place votes (see graphic below).

(The ACC Digital Network highlights some of Jackson's top plays through Louisville's first five games.  Check it out in the video player above.)

Up next for the Cardinals is a home game against ACC foe Duke on Friday, Oct. 14.

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LINK: ESPN Heisman Trophy Watch

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