Lamar Jackson didn't throw a football for a week.
Sure, the University of Louisville sophomore quarterback had a good reason. He was in Atlanta and then New York, accepting postseason awards including the Heisman Trophy that took up plenty of his time.
Jackson said it was the time of his life but he still couldn't wait to get back on the field.
And his first pass after returning? "
"I missed it," Jackson said. "My first pass was a high pass, so I was kind of mad. My first pass was horrible.
"I didn't want it to be like that but it's been good now."
Louisville has been through two weeks of practice at home before heading to Orlando for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against LSU. The Cardinals have had two practices and will have two more before the game on Saturday,
Jackson's teammates said he hasn't skipped a beat.
"Lamar's been fine," tight end Cole Hikutini said. "He likes to be perfect but he has been the same Lamar."
Added offensive lineman Kahlil Hunter: "To me, honestly I didn't see any (rust). Lamar is hard on himself, he's a tough judge of his own game. He's just hard on himself, but I haven't seen anything wrong."
Jackson said he was "still mad about those" losses to Houston and Kentucky to end the season for the Cardinals and noted he's "just glad to be back out here with my brothers."
The youngest Heisman Trophy winner has thrown for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 1,538 yards and 21 TDs. His 51 total TDs set a new ACC record for touchdowns responsible for in a single season.
"Actually after everything that has happened, it's all cool," Jackson said. "I feel like I have a lot of room of improvement to perfect my craft. I just got to get ready for next year."
And that starts in the bowl game.
"I just have to get ready," Jackson said. "(LSU) has a really nice D-line.
"But it's fun to be back out here with my teammates. (A win) would mean a lot. I love winning and that's something we have to do."
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