If you’ve reached your limit of “Lamar Jackson doesn’t get enough respect and it’s driving me crazy” content, then you might want to skip this one. Of course if you’re here, you probably already saw the headline and have spontaneously combusted. That’s my fault. I’ll wear it.
For everyone else, the three finalists for two of college football’s most prestigious awards, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award, were released Monday. Neither included Jackson.
The Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the best overall player in college football and which was won by Jackson a year ago, is down to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, and Stanford running back Bryce Love.
Even more indefensible is the fact that Davey O’Brien Award, which goes to college football’s top quarterback is down to Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, and ... Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett? Not even Ohio State fans think Barrett belongs here.
So surely this has to be because Jackson hasn’t been as impressive this season as he was a year ago when he was everyone’s national Player of the Year.
Lamar Jackson’s numbers are better than last year through 11 games. pic.twitter.com/2Ta6XEzrJ1— Crooked Halery (@DavidHaleESPN) November 19, 2017
So surely these voters got word of some bogus rumor that Jackson had died. That’s all I’ve got.