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LISTEN: For Lamar And Louisville, Heisman Heightens Next Season's Expectations

U of L Athletics

University of Louisville football star Lamar Jackson has another honor to add to his long list of accolades. The sophomore quarterback was named Monday to the Associated Press’ All-America first team.

Over the weekend, Jackson became the first player in U of L history to win college football’s highest honor, the Heisman Trophy.

Eric Crawford of WDRB covered Saturday’s Heisman ceremony in New York City. I spoke with him about the event and its impact on Jackson and the university. Listen to our conversation in the player above.

On how he believes Jackson should spend the off-season:

"He is a great college quarterback. Now I think over this summer, what I think he'll be focused on -- even more than putting together another season that could win the Heisman Trophy, because that's very rare and I don't think any of us think that's gonna happen -- he needs to make himself a great pro quarterback now. And become a great passer and kind of remake himself again in the off-season, just like he did last off-season, to improve that passing aspect of his game."

On what Jackson's Heisman win means to the U of L football program:

"You go through a really short list of the programs that have won 75 percent of these. For Louisville to do it, and for me having covered Louisville from 2000 and having gone to school there in the mid-1980s when the program was really down, to see where it was then, to see it have a Heisman Trophy winner is pretty amazing."

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.