Lamar Jackson wins ACC Player of the Year

By on November 30, 2016

By Dalton Ray–

With the 2016 regular season finished, postseason accolades are now being awarded. Two days after being named as the All-ACC First Team quarterback, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson won the ACC Player of the Year along with the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

In his second season, Jackson set school and ACC records in touchdowns with 51. His 1,538 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns are also school and ACC records for a quarterback. Jackson finished the year second in rushing and third in passing within the ACC.

Jackson led Louisville’s offense to be the nation’s highest scoring and second in total offense. Accounting for 4,928 yards and 306 points, the Heisman hopeful is responsible for 74 percent of the Cardinals’ total yards and 56 percent of points.

Only three Louisville quarterbacks have thrown for more yards in a season than Jackson’s 3,390: Chris Redman in 1998 and 1999, Brian Brohm in 2007 and Teddy Bridgewater in 2012 and 2013. Jackson’s 30 touchdown passes in a season ties him for second in U of L history with Brohm, one away from tying Bridgewater’s leading 31.

Jackson is Louisville’s ever first ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

Linebacker Devonte Fields earned first team All-ACC honors. Tight end Cole Hikutini, defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown, linebacker Keith Kelsey and corner back Jaire Alexander earned second team All-ACC. Receiver James Quick and safeties Josh Harvey-Clemons and Chucky Williams earned third team honors.

Photo by Laurel Slaughter / The Louisville Cardinal

About Dalton Ray

Sports editor (2016-2018) that is technically award winning.Email: dray@louisvillecardinal.com

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