01/05/18 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 QB Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, announced Friday that he will enter the 2018 NFL draft. Jackson completed 59.1 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season as the Cardinals finished 8-5, 4-4 in the ACC. He rushed for 1,601 yards and 18 TDs -- 30 more yards and three touchdowns fewer than he amassed during his Heisman season. Jackson tossed 30 TD passes and nine interceptions in 2016. He finishes his three-year career at Louisville with 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns and 27 interceptions passing, and 4,132 yards and 50 TDs rushing.
12/29/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Lamar Jackson never even considered sitting out the TaxSlayer Bowl. The 2016 Heisman Trophy said Friday he wanted to play because of teammates, a not-at-all-surprising statement from Louisville's star quarterback who always defers to those around him while smashing records. "They sat out throughout the year, they came back in the game trying to help us out, make us come out with victories in big games and they didn't have to," Jackson said. "I just felt I owed that to them."
So Jackson will be the main attraction — as usual — when the Cardinals (8-4) play 24th-ranked Mississippi State (8-4) at EverBank Field on Saturday. The game is expected to be Jackson's collegiate finale , although he's keeping his future plans under wraps for now. "I just want to sit down with my family and make my decision," he said. In the meantime, Jackson has more records in his sights. The Pompano Beach native needs 26 yards rushing and 126 yards passing to join Colin Kaepernick as the only other player in NCAA history to run for 4,000 yards and pass for 9,000 in a career. Jackson also needs 183 yards of offense to break his single-season school record (5,114) set in 2016. - AP College Football
12/22/17 - (CB) - *Jaire Alexander, Jr, 5-11, 192 Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will not play in next week's TaxSlayer Bowl and will turn pro, the school announced Friday morning. "I know it was a very difficult decision for Jaire," Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. "I appreciate the contributions he made to the program over the last three seasons, and I wish him all the best in the future." Alexander is rated as a late second-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Louisville plays Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. Alexander (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) suffered through an injury-plagued junior year in which he sustained a knee injury in the season opener against Purdue and a broken hand in practice in late October. He finished with 19 tackles and one interception in six games. He entered the season with some preseason All-America honors, coming off a sophomore year in which he intercepted five passes -- two against eventual national champion Clemson -- and was explosive in the return game, including a 69-yard punt return vs. Florida State. - The Sports Xchange
12/11/17 - (RB) - Jeremy Smith, rSr, 6-1, 224 Louisville senior running back Jeremy Smith plans to transfer after sustaining a season-ending foot injury in September. Cardinals spokesman Rocco Gasparro said Monday night in a text message that coach Bobby Petrino granted Smith's request for a release to transfer. Louisville's top returning rusher entering this season played one game and was injured in practice two days before the team faced defending national champion Clemson. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Smith transferred from Fresno City Community College after one season and rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. He had 382 yards rushing in 2016 and ranked third on the team with eight TDs. - AP College Football
12/05/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lamar Jackson, Louisville...Jackson leads the nation in total offense with 4,932 yards and is on pace to set ACC season and career records for total yards per game. He has been responsible for 116 career touchdowns, tying Clemson's Deshaun Watson (2014-16) for second on the ACC's all-time list. Jackson has thrown for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, passing for over 300 yards six times in 2017. In three seasons at Louisville, Jackson ranks fourth in school history with 8,872 career passing yards, overtaking Miami's Jacory Harris (2008-11) for 18th on the ACC's career list. - Louisville Football
12/04/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 2017 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will have a chance to become the first repeat Heisman Trophy winner since 1975. Jackson, who is looking to join Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1974, 1975) in accomplishing the feat, joined Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Stanford running back Bryce Love in being named as Heisman finalists on Monday. The winner of the award, which goes to college football's most outstanding player, will be revealed Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. Jackson completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 3,489 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Cardinals (8-4). The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for 1,443 yards and 17 rushing scores to help Louisville earn a spot in the TaxSlayer Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
12/04/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 2017 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: LAMAR JACKSON - LOUISVILLE - Junior - Quarterback - The 2016 Walter Camp Player of Year recipient, Lamar Jackson has accounted for 42 touchdowns (25 passing, 17 rushing) for the 8-4 Cardinals this season. He has thrown for 3,489 yards (241-for-399) and rushed for 1,443 yards. He passed 300 or more yards six times, and had nine 100-yard rushing efforts. He accounted for a season-high 525 yards of total offense (393 passing, 132 rushing) and six touchdowns in a win over North Carolina on Sept. 8. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
12/01/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson believes he's done enough to be a finalist for this year's award. The Louisville quarterback is less certain about his future beyond he next month or so. The junior is undecided whether he'll return to the Cardinals for a final season or head to the NFL. Jackson spoke after winning his second straight ACC player of the year honor at Bank of America Stadium, site of the league's championship Saturday night. Jackson passed for 3,489 yards, ran for 1,443 yards and accounted for 42 touchdowns. Jackson said Friday given the year he's had, he deserves to be in New York with a try for a second consecutive Heisman. He said he will speak with his family, friends and coaches before choosing whether to come back. - AP College Football
12/01/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): QB Lamar Jackson, Jr., Louisville, 171 Votes,...Jackson is having another record-breaking season in leading the nation's third-ranked offense. He is pacing the country in total offense at 411.0 yards per game and is the ACC's leading passer and rusher - a first in ACC history. Entering the postseason, the Pompano Beach, Fla., native has rushed for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2017 - the first player in school history to rush for over 1,300 yards in consecutive seasons. He broke his own school record with nine 100-yard rushing games this year and the 22nd of his career, tied for the third most in ACC history.
With 372 total yards and two touchdowns in the regular-season finale victory at Kentucky, Jackson broke his own Louisville record, logging his 12th game this season with 300 yards of total offense. He is responsible for 116 touchdowns in his career, tying Clemson's Deshaun Watson (2014-16) for second on the ACC's career list. The junior signal caller has thrown for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, passing for over 300 yards six times in 2017. In three seasons at Louisville, Jackson has thrown for 8,872 career yards, passing Miami's Jacory Harris (2008-11) for 18th on the ACC's career list and is fourth in school history. - Louisville Football
12/01/17 - (WR) - Jaylen Smith, Jr, 6-3, 219 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR Jaylen Smith, Jr., Louisville, 114 Votes,...The team's leading receiver, Smith has registered career highs with 53 receptions for 873 yards and six touchdowns. Despite missing three games with a wrist injury, Smith ranks second in the ACC – 11th nationally with an average of 97.0 yards per game. He is 27th in the country with 5.9 receptions per contest. The Pascagoula, Miss., product opened the season with a pair of 100-yard receiving games, catching eight passes for 117 yards in a win over Purdue and followed it up with a career-best nine-catch performance for 183 yards and a 75-yard touchdown reception versus North Carolina. Smith posted his third 100-yard game of the year by catching six passes for 118 yards in a loss to Boston College and added his first two-touchdown performance in a win over Virginia. - Louisville Football
12/01/17 - (CB) - Trumaine Washington, Sr, 5-10, 181 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB Trumaine Washington, Sr., Louisville, 28 Votes,...Washington earned honors after leading the team with four interceptions for 81 yards. He has 39 tackles on the year and nine pass breakups. He is one of four players in Louisville history with at least 10 interceptions and at least 20 pass breakups, joining Anthony Floyd, Sam Madison, and Rashad Holman. - Louisville Football
12/01/17 - (CB) - *Jaire Alexander, Jr, 5-11, 192 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville, 38 Votes,...Playing in only six games, Alexander helped stabilize the defense over the last three games. He directed the Cardinals' defense to allowing only 16.0 points per game over that span. The Charlotte native has totaled 19 tackles and one interception. - Louisville Football
12/01/17 - (K) - Blanton Creque, rSo, 5-10, 188 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): PK Blanton Creque, So., Louisville, 49 Votes,...Creque currently ranks seventh in the nation in field goal percentage at 88.2 percent, connecting on 15-of-17 field goals this season. He went 3 for 3 in a win over Kentucky, moving into a tie for fifth on the school's single-season list. - Louisville Football
12/01/17 - (OT) - Geron Christian, Jr, 6-5, 315 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): OT Geron Christian, Jr., Louisville, 32 Votes,...Christian, a three-year starter at offensive tackle, has started 38 consecutive games and has been a part of two top-five offenses in the nation – both averaging over 530 yards per game. - Louisville Football
12/01/17 - (WR) - Dez Fitzpatrick, rFr, 6-1, 200 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): WR Dez Fitzpatrick, Fr., Louisville, 43 Votes,...In his first season as a starter, Fitzpatrick caught 45 passes for 699 yards and UofL freshman record nine touchdown receptions. With his ninth touchdown catch this season, the Farmington Hills, Mich., native has moved into a tie for second most TD receptions by a freshman in ACC history. - Louisville Football
11/29/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 2017 ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR & OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Lamar Jackson, Louisville (51) Votes...Jackson - also voted the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row - leads the nation in total offense with 4,932 yards and total offense per game (411.0). He is on pace to set ACC season and career records for total yards per game and season records for total yards. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner currently leads the conference in both passing (3,489) and rushing yardage (1,443) and is bidding to become the first quarterback to lead the league in the latter category. The Pompano Beach, Florida, native is the first player in Louisville history to have two seasons with at least 1,300 yards rushing. Jackson is now responsible for 116 touchdowns in his career (42 this season), tying Clemson's Deshaun Watson (2014-16) for second on the ACC's all-time list.
Jackson is the sixth student-athlete to be named the ACC Football Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and the first since Florida State's Charlie Ward in 1992 and 1993. Jackson is also the first FBS player to throw for at least 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons. He is a finalist for a number of national honors, including the Walter Camp National Player of the Year. Jackson led the overall ACC Player of the Year balloting with 51 votes. Chubb was named on six ballots, while Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins each received one vote. - ACC Football
11/27/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 NOV 27 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., QB, 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.,...Jackson totaled 372 yards of offense in the Cardinals' win at rival Kentucky, throwing for 216 yards and two scores and running for 156 yards on 18 carries. Jackson is the first player in Louisville history to have two seasons with at least 1,300 yards rushing, and his two touchdown passes last weekend gave him 67 for his career to tie for ninth place on the ACC's all-time list. Jackson was recognized as the ACC's top offensive back for the second consecutive week and third time this season. - ACC Football
11/25/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Junior quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and added 156 yards on the ground, as Louisville routed Kentucky 44-17 on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Senior running back Reggie Bonnafon rushed for two touchdowns for the Cardinals (8-4), who won their third straight game and fourth in the last five contests. Jackson completed 15 of 21 passes. In three career games against the Wildcats, Jackson had 513 yards and four touchdowns on the ground as Louisville evened the series 15-15. Sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr. rushed for a career-high 211 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries for Kentucky (7-5), which was bidding for its first eight-win season since 1984. Snell has a school-record 18 rushing touchdowns this season, breaking the record of 17 set by Moe Williams in 1995. Senior quarterback Stephen Johnson was 8 of 19 for 110 yards for the Wildcats.
The Cardinals enjoyed a 31-10 halftime lead as Jackson was 10-of-12 passing for 173 yards and a touchdown, with 72 yards rushing. Bonnafon took an inside handoff and raced through a huge hole up the middle 18 yards for a touchdown on Louisville's opening possession and made it 24-7 in the second quarter with an 11-yard score after taking a pitch from Jackson. The Cardinals extended their lead to 31-7 on Jackson's 29-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, who performed a tightrope act on the left edge of the end zone with 39 seconds left in the half. - The Sports Xchange
11/25/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville scuffled with a Kentucky linebacker in the first quarter Saturday — the second time in four seasons these rivals brawled. The junior quarterback was knocked out of bounds on a 9-yard run by Wildcats cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. at Kentucky's 1. Jackson got up and bumped linebacker Jordan Jones. The two players exchanged shoves before falling and scuffling, clearing both benches. Officials penalized both schools for unsportsmanlike conduct. Jackson and Louisville running back Malik Williams were cited for the Cardinals, while Jones and Johnson were penalized. Louisville scored several plays later for a 14-0 lead. The 2014 game in Louisville featured a pregame shoving match at midfield and involved assistant coaches. - AP College Football
11/20/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 NOV 20 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., QB, 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.,...Jackson finished Saturday's 56-10 win over Syracuse with 381 yards of total offense. He had 270 yards passing with two touchdowns and added 111 yards rushing with two more scores. Jackson now owns the school record for career total offense with 12,474 yards and ranks third all-time in the ACC. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is only the second player in ACC history to string together five-straight 100-yard rushing games twice in his career, joining former Boston College standout Montel Harris. Jackson was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second time this season after first being selected on Sept. 11. - ACC Football
11/16/17 - (OLB) - James Hearns, rSr, 6-2, 249 Nov 14 Stock Report, Who helped themselves? James Hearns, DE, Louisville, rSR. (6-2, 249, 4.74, #99)...Against Virginia on Saturday, it was a game of threes for Hearns -- three sacks, three tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. The Cavaliers' offensive tackles had trouble slowing down his motor off the edge and even though several of his pressures could be attributed to the coverage, Hearns deserves credit for having the hustle and speed to get home. He has the arc speed to get his inside shoulder past the outside shoulder of the edge blocker, but he showed a variety of moves in this contest, including an efficient inside spin move that flushed the quarterback from the pocket. Hearns is more of a straight-line athlete and lacks ideal change-of-direction skills to make tight turns, but his quickness out of his cuts allows him to elude blockers in space. His strong hands on tackle attempts also stands out, punching the ball out on normal hits. Although he finds himself up-field past the quarterback too often and can be controlled in the run game, Hearns competes with the hunger and play speed that will give him a chance in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/16/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson (6-2, 212, 4.42, #8) had a productive outing in the win over Virginia and, after charting every throw, his accuracy was consistent with what we have seen all season. Against the Cavaliers, he was near perfect on throws 15 yards or less, delivering an accurate ball on 16 of 17 attempts (94.1 percent). On throws over 16 yards, his accuracy rating was only 40 percent (4 of 10), which isn't a terrible number, but scouts want to see that number above 60 percent (remember, those aren't completion percentages, but rather accuracy percentages). Bottom line with Jackson, he has improved with his accuracy and touch this season, but his deep ball is clearly an area that requires more work. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/11/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Lamar Jackson threw for 195 yards and rushed for 147 as Louisville outlasted Virginia 38-21 on Saturday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The junior quarterback was responsible for four touchdowns -- three passing, one rushing. The 2016 Heisman Award-winner became the first player in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons. Jackson also surpassed former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson on the ACC's list for career total yards. The win makes Louisville (6-4, 3-4 ACC) bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive year. Virginia falls to 6-4, 3-3. Jackson completed 15 of 26 passes without an interception. He carried 15 times and ripped off a 68-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert finished with 214 passing yards and a touchdown, but he was sacked four times. Jaylen Smith snared touchdown receptions of 21 and 24 yards in the third quarter, the latter a one-handed, highlight-reel-worthy grab to put the Cardinals up 31-14. It was the junior's first trip to the end zone since Week 3 against Clemson. - The Sports Xchange
10/24/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Oct 24 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, JR. (6-2, 212, 4.42, #8)...After inconsistent performances against Clemson and N.C. State, Jackson needed a strong game against a talented Florida State defense. And that's exactly what he delivered, leading the Cardinals to the 31-28 victory. Jackson was outstanding with his legs, rushing for 178 yards and one touchdown and posting more yards on the ground than through the air for the first time this season. He finished with only 156 yards passing, but Jackson was very efficient, delivering an accurate throw on 15 of 20 passes (75 percent), including a 67-percent accuracy rate (4-for-6) on throws of 16-plus yards. Jackson's highlight reel as a college player will contain numerous magical plays that show off his athleticism. But from a NFL evaluation standpoint, his next-level grade will depend on his development as a passer - and in the Florida State match-up, he looked like a quarterback with a certain NFL future. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/17 - (QB) - *Lamar Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 211 Louisville's Blanton Creque kicked a 34-yard field goal with five seconds left as the Cardinals beat Florida State 31-28 to send the Seminoles to their fourth loss of the season Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. With the Seminoles driving for the go-ahead score with just over two minutes left, quarterback James Blackman fumbled -- his fourth turnover of the day -- and Louisville capitalized on the mistake with a 59-yard drive that set up Creque's heroics. The Cardinals (5-3, 2-3 ACC) snapped a two-game losing streak behind 140 yards passing and 178 yards rushing from reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. The quarterback passed for a touchdown and ran for another. Blackman finished 16 of 28 for 248 yards with two interceptions and two fumbles, and he took a huge shot on the final play, staying down for a couple of minutes as the teams walked off the field. Florida State (2-4, 2-3 ACC) fell to 0-3 at home this season after beginning the season ranked No. 3 in the nation. - The Sports Xchange