Louisville quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is on the B.C. Lions’ negotiation list.
The dual-threat QB threw for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 1,538 yards and 21 more scores in 12 games for the University of Louisville. Those numbers work out to over 410 total offensive yards and 4.25 touchdowns per game. Jackson became just the third quarterback in FBS history to throw for 30 and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season (Tim Tebow 2007 and Cam Newton 2010) – all three won the Heisman.
Louisville went 9-3 during the regular season and earned an invite to the Citrus Bowl (Saturday, December 31, 11 a.m.EST on ABC).
Jackson passed for 1,840 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions and rushed for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman for the Cardinals in 2015. The six-foot-three, 205-pound quarterback put up 453 total yards and four touchdowns in Louisville’s 27-21 Music Bowl victory last Dec. 31. Four days later the Lions put Jackson on their exclusive neg list.
“He’s dynamic and definitely has the arm strength to be a quarterback in the pros,” a CFL scout says. “Mike Vick is an easy comparison because no one has been that dynamic since Vick.”
Whether Jackson, who became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman, ever plays in Canada remains to be seen – he’s one of 10 quarterbacks on the Lions’ neg list at the moment – and he isn’t eligible for the NFL Draft until 2018 at the earliest.