NEW YORK – Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson became the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night, beating a crowded field of five finalists to take home college football’s greatest individual honor.
Jackson finished first in each of the six Heisman geographic regions Watson finished second in each region.
Despite struggling during his final two games of the year – a lopsided loss to Houston, and then turning the ball over four times to fall to in-state rival Kentucky – Jackson was able to pile up such jaw-dropping numbers and such a Heisman cushion, those results did not sink him.
Jackson becomes the sixth player who was either a redshirt freshman or a sophomore when he won the Heisman.
Peppers, the only defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist, said he personally didn’t think Jackson got enough credit as a passer.
Jackson will return to action when Louisville faces LSU in the Citrus Bowl, on Dec. 31.