As most expected, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the 2016 Heisman Trophy award winner Saturday night inside the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Jackson, 19, not only won the program’s first Heisman Trophy award — given annually to the most outstanding player in college football — but also became the youngest person to win the award — beating out Jameis Winston by five days. Jackson, is just the fourth sophomore to take home the trophy over its 81 year history.
The dual-threat quarterback beat out four other finalists — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers — for the award.
2016 Heisman Trophy votes:
Lamar Jackson: 2,144 points
Deshaun Watson: 1,524
Baker Mayfield: 361
Dede Westbrook: 209
Jabrill Peppers: 208
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 11, 2016
Jackson capped his remarkable regular season with 51 total touchdowns and 4,928 total yards. He’ll take on LSU in the Citrus Bowl Dec. 31 on ABC to add to those numbers.
What Jackson was able to accomplish this year will go down as the greatest individual performance at Louisville which is home to NFL Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas.
“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,” Jackson told reporters dressed in a Louisville-red suit. “For my teammates, it’s an award for all of us. I can’t wait to cherish it with all of you.”
Jackson came out of nowhere to win the award as Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and Watson were listed at the top entering the season.
But those opinions quickly changed as Jackson led the Cardinal offense to blowout victories over Syracuse and then-No.2 Florida State.
Congrats Lamar on an amazing year. And now with that, sit back and enjoy some of his top plays from the season.
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