Louisville University quarterback, Lamar Jackson, won the 2016 Heisman Award on Saturday.
Louisville and head coach, Bobby Petrino, have been predicting a great season for Jackson, who is only in his true sophomore season. The school has been promoting Jackson since ACC media day in July. Still, Petrino admitted that although his player was the favorite to win the award, he was nervous.
“I had no idea how the vote was going to come out,” admitted Petrino. “I want you to know how proud I am of Lamar. He’s a young man that prepared extremely hard, went out on the field and played as hard as he possibly could and did a great job being a leader for this football team.”
The win for Jackson means the first ever Heisman trophy in the history of the Louisville football program. Not even NFL Hall of Famer, Johnny Unitas, who attended Louisville, could achieve the task. Despite losing the last two games of the season, Jackson and his electric athleticism, did enough to separate him from the rest of the Heisman field. He ended the season with 51 touchdowns and 4,928 total yards.
“To be able to stand up here with all the former winners, I’m extremely proud to represent this class and Louisville as their first Heisman Trophy winner,” said Jackson, who was noted for his fashion at the Heisman event, wearing a Louisville color themed red velvet jacket with shiny black lapels. “For my teammates, it’s an award for all of us. I can’t wait to cherish it with all of you.”