Before returning to Louisville and getting back to football, Lamar Jackson added one more feather to his December awards cap. The Heisman Trophy winner was honored as the Associated Press' college football Player of the Year, making him the first Cardinal athlete from any sport to be named the nation's best by the AP.
Jackson returns to Louisville as The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, the latest addition to his haul of postseason awards.
The youngest Heisman Trophy winner received 42 of 61 first-place votes from AP's panel of media voters. Jackson received 153 points overall, more than twice that of Clemson quarterback and runner-up Deshaun Watson (73). Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen third (32). Watson received 10 first-place votes and Allen three.
Jackson's runaway selection seemed fitting in a season in which he outraced defenders and into the record books en route to collecting a truckload of highlights and hardware.
So after winning just about every award imaginable ('sup, Davey O'Brien Award voters) what's next for Lamar?
"It feels like I haven't played football in a year, I've been away so long," Jackson said. "I can't wait to get back out there, put on those pads and grind."
One more award to hoist ... maybe two.