Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson will skip his senior year at the University of Louisville to enter the 2018 NFL draft.
Jackson tweeted about his decision Friday morning:
“For the past three years, the (University of Louisville), as well as the city of Louisville, has embraced me as one of their own. My time in Louisville has produced some of the best memories of my life. I have had the pleasure of being in the presence of some of the best professors, coaches, advisers, training staff, athletes and fans, in the nation. With their help I have been able to grow not only as a quarterback, but as a teammate, student, and most of all, as a man.
After much discussion with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to take the next step in my career and enter the 2018 NFL draft. I would like to thank the University of Louisville, coach (Bobby) Petrino and the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans. It has been nothing short of an honor to be a member of Cards Nation and to play for this university. No matter what the future holds, one thing remains true: Go Cards!”
Jackson finished his final season at Louisville with 3,489 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 1,443 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, becoming the first player in NCAA history to post back-to-back seasons of 3,000-plus passing yards and 1,000-plus rushing yards.
Jackson also led the NCAA in total offense per game (411.0 total yards per game), total yards (4,932) and was tied for third in total touchdowns (42).
In 38 career games for the Cardinals, Jackson amassed 9,043 passing yards, 69 passing touchdowns, 4,132 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns, averaging a school-record 346.7 total yards per game.
Jackson leaves Louisville with 42 school records, including career program highs in total yards, rushing yards and rushing TDs.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has Jackson projected as the 22nd overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in his most recent mock draft.