Tag: Heisman Trophy Winner

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy; Youngest Player Ever to Earn Award

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is the first Heisman Trophy winner from his university.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is the first Heisman Trophy winner from his university. (photo via cnn.com)

article by Jill Martin and Steve Almasy via cnn.com

Lamar Jackson, a sophomore quarterback at the University of Louisville, has won the Heisman Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in college football.  Jackson, who amassed 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total touchdowns, is youngest player ever and the first player from Louisville to win the Heisman.

Wearing a school-color red coat with a black lapel, Jackson seemed a bit overwhelmed by winning.

“Oh my God,” he said several times.  Among those he thanked were his teammates, saying the award was for all of them.  “I can’t wait to treasure this moment with all of you,” he said. “I love you guys.”

Jackson told reporters he had a speech written but thanked his fellow players, coaches and mom from his heart.  “For some reason when they called my name my chest started pumping and heart started racing real hard,” he said.

Jackson is the first player in major college football history with at least 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season.  He was second in the nation in points responsible per game (25.7).  “The improvement Lamar has made since coming to Louisville has been amazing,” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. “It’s all because of his dedication and hard work.”

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Alabama Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy for 2015

2015 Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry (photo via bet.com)

Alabama Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry is the first running back to win the Heisman Trophy since 2009. He came in first with 1,832 points, beating out Standford’s Christian McCaffrey (1,539) and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (1,165). The 2015 Heisman Trophy Ceremony was held last night in New York City.

While Henry was the favorite coming in, he knew he had tough competition, especially coming from a state with no NFL team. “I didn’t know at all. Them two guys were great contenders for the trophy. Deshaun, with how consistent and efficient he is at the quarterback position, all the success he had, I was kind of worried. Christian, breaking Barry Sanders‘ record, doing all the things he does, he’s just unbelievable.” However, the RB was more than happy to receive the highly coveted trophy, “I’m just so thankful to have this trophy. It’s just a blessing and an honor.”

Henry can add the Heisman trophy to his already impressive collection of the Maxwell, Walter Camp, and Doak Walker awards. He has also set Alabama records with 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.

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NFL Quarterback Cam Newton Spends Off-Season at College to Earn His Degree

Cam Newton (Image: Twitter)

With it now being NFL offseason, Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cameron Newton is returning to his old stomping grounds, Auburn University, to complete his degree.

After winning the BCS National Championship, Newton decided to forgo his senior year of college to start his career as a professional athlete. He was drafted first round in the 2011 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, which is the same year he was selected as the winner of the Heisman Trophy.

Now, returning to the university for the third straight spring semester, Newton is making strides to complete his sociology degree and is reportedly on track to graduate this coming May.

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Ricky Williams Lands a College Football Coaching Job

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(Photo Credit: Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports)

Former Pro Bowler and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams has landed a college coaching job at the University of the Incarnate Word. He will work with the running backs at UIW, which is located in San Antonio.  UIW Football is a Division I program that will compete in the Southland Conference this year.  Williams retired from the Baltimore Ravens last year, after an 11-year career that was marked by extreme highs and lows.

In 2002, Williams was the league’s leading rusher and was named Pro Bowl MVP, and many considered him the best running back in the game. This success was quickly derailed, however, after a suspension and  an early retirement in 2004, a retirement that Williams later admitted in a 60 Minutes interview came about as a result of several violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Williams will continue to live in Austin but will commute to UIW to work with the running backs in the fall.

article by Nate Scott via usatoday.com