Louisville quarterback, and newly minted Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson had been the frontrunner to win the award since mid-September after he lead the Cardinals to a 63-20 blowout victory over Florida State. Jackson ran for 150 yards, and accounted for 5 TDs against the Seminoles and seemed like Heisman lock throughout the following two months.
However, in late November, Louisville suffered a bad 36-10 loss to Houston and Jackson had his worst game of the season. The performance was enough for some to essentially strip Jackson of the trophy during and after the game…
'Lamar Jackson lost the Heisman trophy on Thursday night.' – @JTTheBrick https://t.co/TmnVpwFppr
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) November 20, 2016
– Signed, Jabrill Peppers & all Michigan fans.
(The Heisman is coming back to Ann Arbor.)
— Carron J. Phillips (@carronJphillips) November 18, 2016
Just spotted a moving van taking Lamar Jackson’s stuff away from the Heisman House.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) November 18, 2016
The Heisman, and a playoff opportunity, just left Churchhill Downs for the season.#LOUvsHOU
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) November 18, 2016
Remember when Lamar Jackson was the front runner for the Heisman? … That was cute.
— Josh Newkirk (@JoshNewkirk7) November 18, 2016
— Phillip Buchanon (@PhillipBuchanon) November 18, 2016
Uh oh. Bye bye Heisman… https://t.co/7hm7zLn7If
— John Sabol (@John_Sabol) November 18, 2016
Despite the loss to Houston, Jackson still seemed to hold onto his lead in the Heisman race. But two weeks later, Louisville were upset 41-38 by Kentucky after Jackson had a costly fumble in the red zone with under two minutes to play in the 4th quarter. To some, that was it. Jackson lost the Heisman…
Lamar Jackson still winning the heisman?
Lamar Jackson may have fumbled away his shot at the Heisman on Saturday. https://t.co/HQGgLgxf6p pic.twitter.com/8GjBW4O3ik
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 27, 2016
— Phillip Buchanon (@PhillipBuchanon) November 26, 2016
Even with all these declarations, if we’ve learned anything from twitter, people can be wrong. A lot. Congrats to Lamar Jackson and the University of Louisville.