The most decorated player in the history of Louisville football will continue his career in Baltimore. The Ravens selected Jackson with the last pick of the NFL Draft’s first round Thursday night after trading up and taking the Philadelphia Eagles’ pick.
Jackson was the fifth quarterback selected in the draft, following Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Those first four players were all taken in the top 10.
In 2016, Jackson became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy after rushing for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns while passing for 3,543 yards and 30 more scores. As a junior in 2017, Jackson finished with 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, while throwing for 3,660 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Despite playing just three seasons, Jackson shared or broke 42 school records and seven conference records. He’s also the only player in ACC history to be named both the player and offensive player of the year in consecutive seasons.
Jackson left the college game as the first non-senior in FBS history to rush for at least 4,000 yards and pass for at least 9,000 yards in his career. He is also the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and pass for at least 3,500 yards in a season, accomplishing the feat in both 2016 and 2017.
Here’s hoping No. 8 proves all the naysayers wrong and kills it at the next level. I have so many Wire references to make.