Louisville's Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy
Lamar Jackson is the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.
The sensational sophomore quarterback leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.
The highest honor in college football was handed out Saturday night in New York.
“I’m extremely proud to represent this class and the University of Louisville with their first Heisman Trophy," Jackson said.
Watch Jackson's acceptance speech, courtesy of Heisman Central:
Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.
Jackson, at 19 years, 347 days, is the youngest Heisman winner ever.
"To our fans back at home, you guys always believed in us, no matter who we faced," Jackson said. "No matter what happened, no matter what our record was. Even last year, my freshman year, you always believed in me, and I love you guys. Can’t wait to share this with you.”