Lamar Jackson leaving Louisville for National Football League draft

Lamar Jackson the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is passing up his senior season at Louisville despite uncertainty about how he's viewed by NFL scouts

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Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson announced he will forego his senior year at the University of Louisville to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jackson joins a list of high-caliber quarterbacks that have already declared for the NFL Draft including UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold, who announced their intentions earlier this week.

He was a Heisman finalist in 2017 as a junior, throwing for 3,660 yards with 1,601 rushing yards and 45 total touchdowns. "I would like to thank the University of Louisville, Coach Petrino and the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans". This year, he finished third in the Heisman voting.


The 2016 Heisman Trophy victor finishes his college career with 9,043 passing yards, 4,132 rushing yards and 119 total touchdowns. He also rushed for another 1,601 yards while adding 18 more touchdowns. A midseason slump - including a second consecutive loss to Clemson in another marquee matchup - dimmed some of the spotlight before he rallied the Cardinals with three straight wins to earn another NY trip for the Heisman presentation.

Jackson broke or shared 42 school and seven conference records, while becoming the only player in ACC history to be named both the player and offensive player of the year in consecutive seasons. Jackson totaled 329 yards and three touchdowns in last week's TaxSlayer Bowl but also threw four interceptions in Louisville's 31-27 loss to No. 24 Mississippi State.

"My time in Louisville has produced some of the best memories of my life", Jackson tweeted.

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