BATON ROUGE, La. — After a week of providing you with the names of Louisville’s top players not named Lamar Jackson, we have reached the moment you all have been waiting for.
But first, a trip back down memory lane about LSU’s upcoming opponents. Or, since it’s possible you Googled “Lamar Jackson” and are learning about those other guys for the first time, here is a recap of his most talented teammates.
- RB Brandon Radcliff and LB Keith Kelsey
- DT DeAngelo Brown and WR Jaylen Smith
- WR James Quick and DE James Hearns
- S Josh Harvey-Clemons and TE Cole Hikutini
And now, on with the show. But before we get to Jackson, we’ll introduce the Cardinal we believe to be his runner-up for best on the squad.
2. Jaire Alexander — sophomore cornerback
Perhaps it’s too early to call the sophomore Alexander the Great, but to paraphrase comedian Larry David, he is certainly Alexander the pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Alexander tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 5 interceptions this season. He was also tied for second in passes defended with 13. Alexander’s picks came in big games, including a pair against Deshaun Watson and Clemson. He also had two INTs in a dramatic 32-25 win over Virginia.
Alexander is also dangerous on special teams. He averages 11.26 yards per punt return (14th nationally) and took one to the house against Florida State.
1. Lamar Jackson — sophomore quarterback
By rule, the best player in the country is the best player on his own team.
Though Jackson was up against one of the weaker crops of Heisman finalists in recent years, there is no question he earned the trophy. Jackson was eighth in the nation in rushing as a quarterback, and it’s not as if he was running the wishbone. He also threw for over 3,000 yards to go along with 30 touchdown passes.
Jackson is the most electric player to watch in college football right now. LSU fans will have that opportunity up close and personal at this year’s Citrus Bowl.