LSU safety Jamal Adams has a lot of respect for Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, comparing the Louisville quarterback to one of the most exciting players in the history of football.
On Wednesday, Adams called Jackson “Michael Vick 2.0” during an interview. It’s a comparison the quarterback dealt with earlier this season. Vick has already come out and said Jackson is “five times better” than he was at Virginia Tech.
Adams is still confident in his team, though. When asked if Jackson had played any defense like LSU’s, his response was one word: “Na.”
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Jackson has 3,390 passing yards, 1,538 rushing yards and 51 total touchdowns this season. Those stats dwarf Vick’s best season in 1999. That year, Vick threw for 2,065 yards, ran for 682 and scored 22 total touchdowns. However, Vick did reach the national championship game that season.
Adams is right that LSU will be the best defense Jackson has faced, but not by much.
The Tigers have the nation’s fourth-ranked defense, according to Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings. Meanwhile, the best defense to take on Louisville this season was Clemson, which ranked No. 6 overall in defensive S&P+. The Cardinals scored 36 points in that game.
LSU plays Louisville in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. on ABC.