|No. 8 – Baltimore Ravens|
January 17, 1997 |
Pompano Beach, Florida
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Boynton Beach (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. (born January 17, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisville and was selected by the Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. At Louisville, Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award and was a unanimous All-American as a sophomore in 2016.
Jackson was born in Pompano Beach, Florida on January 17, 1997. He attended Boynton Beach High School in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and committed to the University of Louisville to play college football.
During Jackson's high school career, he played two years of varsity football. In his two seasons at Boynton Beach High School, Jackson threw for a total of 31 passing touchdowns; he ran for a total of 22 rushing touchdowns. For his career, his accumulated quarterback rating was 102.7. Also, for his career, he threw for over 2,000 passing yards.
As a freshman at Louisville in 2015, Jackson played in 12 games and made eight starts. He completed 135-of-247 passes for 1,840 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for 960 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He was named the MVP of the 2015 Music City Bowl after passing for 227 yards with two touchdowns and rushing for a Music City Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns.
During the first game of his sophomore year, against the UNC-Charlotte 49ers, Jackson set a school record for total touchdowns with eight, all of them in the first half. Against Syracuse, Jackson completed 20 of 39 passes for 411 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, with 199 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns, with all five touchdowns coming in the first half. Against #2 Florida State, Jackson completed 13 of 20 passes for 216 yards, threw one touchdown and one interception, and had 146 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. He scored 4 of the 5 total touchdowns in the first half. The game made Jackson the Heisman front runner, and gave the Cardinals a No. 3 ranking, their highest since 2006. Against Marshall, Jackson completed 24 of 44 passes for 417 yards and 5 touchdowns, and had 62 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Against No. 5 Clemson, Louisville's offense totaled 586 yards, with Jackson accounting for 295 passing yards, 162 rushing yards, and three total touchdowns (1 passing, 2 rushing). The Cardinals eventually lost the game 42–36. On December 8, Jackson was awarded the Walter Camp Award as the player of the year and the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player in college football.
On December 10, 2016, Jackson was selected as the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner over fellow finalists Deshaun Watson, Dede Westbrook, Jabrill Peppers, and Baker Mayfield. He became Louisville's first Heisman Trophy winner in school history and the youngest ever recipient of the award.
When entering the 2017 season, the fan base and media had high expectations as Jackson would start his Junior year season. The first test of the season was going into the first home game on September 16. College GameDay (football) announced their return to the University of Louisville to host the matchup between the returning National Champions, Clemson Tigers, and the Cardinals. Despite the 47-21 blowout the Tigers upheld, Jackson did not let the numbers affect his playing ability. His remarkable stats led him to return to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist for the 2017 season. Jackson played in 13 games, finishing with 3,660 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Through December 9, 2017, Jackson's statistics are as follows:
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