Let’s just call Lamar Jackson what he is: a freak. The sophomore quarterback has been darn near unstoppable for Louisville this season, accounting for 18 touchdowns (eight pass, 10 rush) in three games. This past Saturday, he threw for 216 yards, ran for 146 and had five touchdowns (one pass, four rush) in a 63-20 blowout win over then-No. 2 Florida State.
So yeah, he’s a freak.
“The person he calls to mind is Michael Vick circa Virginia tech days,” Courier-Journal Louisville football writer Steve Jones said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Vick tweeted after the game that Jackson is five times better than I was when I was in college. I talked to Vick last week and Vick brought it up himself. He said this guy is doing everything I used to do, the elusive running, the cutbacks and the juke moves. That was straight out of Vick’s mouth as obviously a guy who sees the similarities there. But really, I think if you go back and look at some of the stuff that Vick did, Jackson has already in many ways exceeded some of the production that he had. He’s doing some remarkable things. But he also can really throw. That is also an improving part of his game and something that makes him so dangerous.”
So is his humility. Jackson is never satisfied with himself, which means he’s only going to get better.
That is a scary proposition for the ACC and the rest of college football.
“He is an impressive kid,” Jones said. “He’s confident but also humble. He never really talks himself up. He could say I think clearly I’m the best player in the country or I want to go out there and dominate those guys and things like that. He doesn’t really say anything like that. He doesn’t kind of bask in some of these sort of amazing stats that he has. He always just kind of judges himself difficult.”
Jackson, for example, gave himself a D for his performance against Florida State.
“(It’s) kind of ridiculous,” Jones said, laughing, “but that is what he said. He was most concerned that he had a pick in the third quarter and a couple missed balls in the first half. But yeah, I think you’re right: I think everyone on the team really, really likes him. He’s a fun kid and all those guys like him personally in the locker room. Petrino said today that one of the things that they like about him is how hard he practices, that he runs full speed in sprints through all the drills and all the reps in practice and runs and does it harder than anybody else on the team. So he’s sort of setting the tone, I think, for them on the practice field, too. He’s a pretty amazing player but also seems to be a pretty good guy, too.”
No. 3 Louisville (3-0) plays at Marshall this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.