College football: Lamar Jackson wins AP Player of the Year
Lamar Jackson can’t get enough trophies. Tuesday afternoon, the Heisman winner collected yet another award: The Associated Press’ college football Player of the Year.
Louisville’s sophomore quarterback — who last week became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman trophy — picked up 42 of the available 61 first-place votes from the AP’s media panel.
This season, Jackson racked up 51 total touchdowns (30 through the air, 21 on the ground), 3,390 yards passing and 1,538 yards rushing as he led Louisville to a 9-3 record.
While those record-breaking stats made Jackson the frontrunner for the AP Player of the Year, the field had been narrowed down to three finalists: Jackson, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (who won this year’s Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best quarterback), and Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (the 2016 Chuck Bednarik Award for defensive player of the year).
In the end, Jackson got 153 total points, while Watson (the Heisman runner-up) collected 73 and Allen took 32. Watson also received 10 first-place votes while Allen got three.
Jackson final game of the season will be against LSU in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Eve.