Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman posted a feature Wednesday morning laying out what he believes were the "10 most eye-opening performances of bowl season." It's a list that includes team performances (Boise State is No. 5), unit performances (Baylor's run game is No. 2), and individual efforts.
The most eye opening performance of college football's entire 2015 postseason? You should know because it's in the headline, but I'm going to tell you anyway.
There's no disputing Bobby Petrino is a terrific offensive mind, and now he's got a special triggerman to work with in the 6-foot-3, 198-pound freshman from South Florida who gashed a very athletic Texas A&M defense. Jackson ran for 226 yards and passed for 227, producing four total TDs in the win. "He's a lot faster than you think (compared to just watching him on film)," said Texas A&M D-line coach Terry Price. "He's tall and a pretty big guy, but he really has big-time top-end speed and he can make you miss in a heartbeat."
Credit to the Cards staff, which souped up their running attack with Jackson by tweaking how the offense blocks certain things compared to earlier in the season.
Louisville was out of the national spotlight for essentially the entire second half of the 2015 season, so you forget that there were still a host of people who were unfamiliar with Jackson when he played in front of 5.43 million television viewers on Dec. 30. The reception since that performance indicates that those people seemed to have liked what they saw.