Heisman Trophy Winner 2016: Latest Comments, Reaction to Lamar Jackson’s Win

Heisman Trophy Winner 2016: Latest Comments, Reaction to Lamar Jackson's Win

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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in history on Saturday night, receiving 2,144 points and 526 first-place votes, according to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.

“To the Heisman voters, I’m truly honored and humbled to be the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner,” Jackson said after winning the award, per Chase Goodbread of NFL.com. “To be able to stand up here with all these other Heisman Trophy winners, I’m extremely proud to represent this class and the University of Louisville with their first Heisman Trophy.”

Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater congratulated Jackson on his win:

It was a landslide victory, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson taking home second place with 1,524 points and 269 first-place votes and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield finishing third with 361 points.

Jackson lit up college football both through the air and on the ground in 2016, throwing for 3,390 passing yards and 30 touchdowns and adding 1,538 rushing yards and another 21 scores on the ground.

Those numbers put him in rarefied company:

“He surpassed everything I thought he could do,” Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino told Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press.

He was a special talent and one worthy of the distinction of being a Heisman Trophy winner, as ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit told Jones:

The kid is special. He’s just one of those rare talents, and I just love watching him play. I love his competitive spirit. I love how electric he can be in the open field.

I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I just can’t remember – forget quarterbacks – I can’t remember very many players who when they get out in the open field can do some of the things he can do. He’s one of those guys who, I don’t care who Louisville is playing, I need to go watch them. I need to watch him play. I love everything about him.

NFL draft analyst Ryan Lownes agreed:

Former NFL quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner also praised Jackson:

And Jackson’s pursuit of the Heisman Trophy may not yet be complete, as Russo noted:

Certainly, Jackson will be the prohibitive favorite heading into his junior season in 2017 to win the Heisman. And given his offensive explosion this past year, it isn’t hard to imagine Jackson joining Archie Griffin as the award’s only two-time winners, especially if Jackson has Louisville in the running for a national championship next year.

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick certainly thinks the best is yet to come for Jackson:

Late-season losses to Houston and Kentucky kept Louisville out of the running for a championship this season. But with college football’s most exclusive hardware in his possession, Jackson and the Cardinals will now turn to conquering the sport’s ultimate title next season. 

   

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