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U of L dedicates tree to the life of Savannah Walker
More than two dozen people gathered near the observatory to remember Savannah Walker, a U of L student killed in a shooting at the Tim Faulkner Gallery this March. U of L’s Department of Communication dedicated a tree memorializing Savannah’s accomplishments at the university. The tree is a silk ivory lilac, one of only three on campus. Pan-African Studies Department Chair Ricky Jones said losing Savannah is hard on the community, but said the tree will always remind us about her. “It brings us closer together, and I hope it reminds us what we’re all really here for,” Jones said. Debate Team Director Tiffany Dillard-Knox said Savannah kept the team laughing, and was always improving. “She was dedicated. She was a fighter,” Dillard-Knox said. “She loved debate.” Dean Walker, Savannah’s father,
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said she honed her debate skills at home. At the dedication, Walker thanked the community. He said he took Savannah to look at 100 universities across the country before she decided on U of L. She wanted to stay close to friends and family, which was what he hoped for. “I want to thank the U of L community. Faculty, staff here and her fellow students have really been a great support to me. I love this place,” Walker
Ricky Jones announces bid for U of L president KYELAND JACKSON @KYELANDJ
A contestant for the top spot at U of L may come from the Pan-African studies department. Chair Ricky Jones submitted his name as a candidate for U of L’s president via Twitter on Nov. 20. In the tweet, Jones promised transparency. “I don’t know how to do it formally because the process is a secret,” Jones’ tweet said. “My team and I will bring truth, transparency, and make U of L great again.” Jones has vocally criticized the university and its administrators, questioning the process of appointing the acting athletic director calling for the removal of the confederate statue on campus. The university’s board of trustees closed details of the presidential search shortly after hiring a search firm, keeping candidates’ names and information secret. Jones criticized the closed search in an interview
with the Cardinal, comparing the administration to a totalitarian regime. “The process of choosing a president of a public university, which belongs to the people, should not be private or secret. It is fundamentally undemocratic,” Jones said. “This is not Putin’s Russia ... With the state of our university and all that it’s been through, we need all the truth, trust and transparency as possible.” Faculty have also decried the closed search, asking Board Chair David Grissom to open details to the public. Grissom allayed concerns, promising listening tours for faculty and constituents to voice their concerns and criteria for a new president. But the board hasn’t approved dates for those tours and the soft deadline to apply for the president’s position is Dec. 1. It’s unclear how many candidates are vying for the position because it’s closed, but current Interim President Greg Postel said he has applied.
said. “She could have gone anywhere she wanted and she picked Louisville, and she was so proud to be a part of this campus and this community.” Walker thanked those attending for their continued support. “It’s sad that she’s gone, but she left -- in a short amount of time -- a really great legacy of just true enjoyment and a lot of friends here on campus. This was a great experience for her.” The tree is on centered in the lawn
She could have gone anywhere she wanted and she picked Louisville, and she was so proud to be a part of this campus and this community. - Dean Walker
adjacent to the planetarium. A placard in front of the tree describes Savannah as a devoted daughter and Cardinal.
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Chilled debate on presidential search ignites in board meeting @KYELANDJ
Professor Susan Jarosi asked for open discussion about the presidential search on Nov. 20 and the U of L Board of Trustees answered with silence. After a pause, Board Chair David Grissom asked if there would be further discussion and prepared to move to the next issue. But faculty trustee Enid Trucios-Haynes pressed for conversation on the search, opening a tense debate on how the university would find its next president. Jarosi, also president for U of L’s American Association of University Professors, said the board has made missteps and delays in the search. Presidential search hearing tours, promised for constituents to voice opinions about the search, lay among those delays. Jarosi questioned the tours, pointing to 18 letters constituents sent to the board which, she says, received no answer. “This is your opportunity to speak to us, meaning everyone here, about your thoughts on this process because we’ve heard so little from you,” Jarosi said. “A lot of faculty are asking what a listening tour means if we send 18 letters to you and we don’t receive a
response or an acknowledgement or response. Are you really listening?” Acting Provost Dale Billingsley wrote one of those letters. Billingsley said an open search is vital to building a relationship with the university. “It is critical to the academic enterprise, to the pursuit of freedom, academic freedom and intellectual freedom, for that business to go forward in the way that we have understood it,” Billingsley said. “It is critical for the academic community of the university to understand the commitment of this board and the future president of the university to act on behalf of the students and the faculty in the pursuit of the academic mission of the university.” When the discussion ended, five trustees offered criticism or recommendations for the presidential search process. Among them was SGA President Vishnu Tirumala, who suggested search finalists meet with councils on campus. In closing, Jarosi warned keeping the search closed would be divisive. But the board’s chair doubled down. Grissom said Tirumala’s suggestion wouldn’t work, and reiterated the importance of a closed search.
A lot of faculty are asking what a listening tour means if we send 18 letters to you and we don’t receive a response ... Are you really listening? — Susan Jarosi
The board might discuss a compromise for the search with its presidential search firm. “While we have received substantial communications from the faculty in opposition to this process, we continue to believe this process will produce the best possible candidates,” Grissom said, reading from a hand-written statement. “The closed search process is best practice and is most likely to produce the best possible man or woman to be our next president.”
Raymond Burse, Kentucky State University’s former president, defended Grissom and the closed search. Grissom, Burse said, works hard for the university and is trying to better it. “I know individuals who would be interested in this position who are sitting presidents. I can tell you, they’re not going to apply if their names going to be plastered across the media,” Burse said. “What I have seen and observed is a chairman who is hardworking, honest, always above board, making certain that every view and every point of view is heard out and taken care of ... I appreciate the leadership that you’re providing and giving to this board. The deadline for the president’s position was extended to January, but the soft deadline is Dec. 1. Listening tours are also expected to happen in January. Grissom declined to say how many candidates are vying for the spot, but Interim President Greg Postel said he has submitted his name for the position. U of L Professor Ricky Jones also announced he may apply for the position in an interview with the Cardinal on Nov. 20.
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Commencement is a day most students have been awaiting since they began college. The occasion marks the achievements students have made in their college careers and allows fellow classmates, professors and loved ones to celebrate these accomplishments. Senior Jayci Gibbs said she is looking forward to the upcoming graduation. “I’m excited to have my family there. As a first-generation college graduate, it really means a lot to me because they have been the ones supporting me for these five and half years,” Gibbs said. Continuing her education after high school was a big deal for Gibbs and her family. She said having a ceremony where they all can celebrate her success makes her feel more thankful. Like many students approaching the last weeks of their college career, Cheyenne Hill is also feeling the overwhelming excitement for graduation.
She says the anticipation has also been to get the best view,” Dablow said. accompanied by anxiety and concern. The commencement ceremony Hill said her biggest worries inwill take place on Dec. 15 at the KFC clude when a student can pick up Yum! Center. Proceedings begin at 7 their cap and gown, where to park p.m. and are expected to last roughly on graduation day, the location of the two hours. practice gym and the best time for her Dablow said it is important for atfamily to arrive and take their seats. tendees to allow ample time for parkHill said the university could ease ing and finding seats. - Cheyenne Hill her feelings of unawareness and anxi“Students are asked to be in the ety with more information. lineup room by 6:30, so that we can “I would love to have a meeting just to get a lay of the land, tell the people get the walk order set and organized to ask questions and talk,” Hill said. that are coming to watch where to sit for the procession,” Dablow said. Director of Planning and Operations in Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management Joseph Dablow can answer these questions and more that students might ask. “Graduation is the celebration of the bigger achievement. I don’t want to do anything to make someone feel like they need to be anxious or feel stressed by the ceremony,“ Dablow said. The rehearsal dinner will be held at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 14 at Administrators pose with a graduate. 6:30 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY / UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE “[The rehearsal] is helpful to people
I would love to have a meeting just to ask questions and talk.
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Finals week tip: Best places to nap on campus SEAN ALLENDER
It is not uncommon to stumble upon a student mid-nap while on campus. During finals week, more students around campus are found catching up on sleep at school than any other point in the semester. “The fourth floor of Ekstrom Library is my go-to spot for taking naps. Sometimes my normal resting spots are taken, but I am usually able to find somewhere else if I time it correctly,” junior Kim Edwards said. Ekstrom Library is a popular place for students, notably the third and fourth floors. Another popular location is the Nap and Meditation Room, which,
according the university’s Health Promotion website, can be found at various locations during finals week. While it’s beneficial to know where the best areas to nap are, it’s also important to consider which places, or which times, may not be suitable for resting or taking a nap. “The worst place to try and take a nap on campus would be the Student Activities Center. For me, the smell of food is enough to make me want to stay awake, not to mention how many students visit the SAC throughout the course of one day,” senior Paul Nix said. Another place students should avoid when trying to rest or take a nap is Davidson Hall. Davidson
hosts a lot of the general educational requirements at U of L and is now home to a Subway which increases traffic. Because of the traffic in the SAC and Davidson, having a backup place to rest will work towards your best interest. Learn to recognize certain times of day traffic is at its minimum and locate different areas where you don’t see as many people when you are on campus. Lastly, consider how many students may use the same area you do to rest and regain their energy. With these resting spots in mind and tips on how to find them, campus should be more peaceful when trying to nap.
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Tips on avoiding a Griswold family turkey MEGHAN BREEN
The holidays mean it’s time to talk turkey. There are many different ways to cook the turkey and some easier than others. Roasted Turkey The most popular way is to roast it. After you wash your turkey, you can choose to stuff it to intensify the flavor. For the simpler version, season with oil, butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and let it roast for about four hours. It’s hard to mess up which makes it perfect if you’re a first time turkey cooker. Deep-fried turkey A less healthy way to cook the turkey is deep-frying it. Deep-frying it is faster, but can be dangerous. Deep fryers have the potential to catch on fire and sometimes explode, so be careful. If you choose this method, make sure you are outside and never leave the deep fryer unattended. That being said, the turkey comes out delicious with this method. Thaw the turkey completely and season it as desired. Fill the pot with peanut oil or vegetable oil if you have a peanut allergy. Light the cooker and wait for the oil to reach 350 degrees, do not let it go over that temperature. Wear protective gloves to lower the turkey into the oil after it’s been heated.
The cooking time will depend on the size of the turkey. It will be three and a half minutes per pound. To check if the turkey is done, be sure to turn the burner completely off and then lift the bird out of the oil. Let it drain and cut a slice at the thigh joint to see if it is done cooking. Grilled turkey If you have a cramped kitchen and don’t mind the cold, grilling your turkey is another tasty option. This option can be a bit hard because you have to keep the grill at a constant setting of 350 degrees, a charcoal grill makes it very difficult. A thermometer is a must for this method. Like all of the other methods, let your turkey thaw and dress with desired seasonings. Tie the legs together and place on the grill. You will have to watch the turkey for the entire time it cooks, which will be about two to three hours. Every hour of cooking, be sure to rotate the turkey for even browning. Once the internal temperature reads 165 degrees and the juices run clear as the thermometer is removed, the turkey is finished. Place it on a platter with tin foil, tent the foil and let it rest for one hour before carving. Roasted Cornish hens If you are skipping the big family get together this year and don’t want to have an excess of turkey, go with a smaller
version: Cornish game hens. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and dress your game hens. Stuffing them is the popular way to cook game hens and adds more flavor. Place hens in a baking dish before dressing. After seasoning and stuffing the birds as desired, cover the dish and bake for one and a half hours. Uncover and let the hens brown at 500 degrees. Whether you are having a giant family meal or a nice dinner for two, these recipes will make your holiday season delicious.
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How to help the community over the holidays CYNDI SLOAN
The holidays are a season of giving and local organizations can help you give back. Though students are excited for break and are happy to be among family, there are individuals in different situations. Some may not have a hot meal or a place to stay during the holiday season. Here are a few places in Louisville that would love your assistance: The Healing Place
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The Healing Place is an addiction recovery operation with two campuses, one for men and one for women. It’s located at 1020 W. Market St. and 1503 S. 15th St. Both campuses will be serving dinner from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Christmas. You can also volunteer by contacting them at 502-583-0369. Wayside Christian Mission Located at Hotel Louisville on Broadway, the Way-
side Christian Mission needs hundreds of volunteers. You can arrive anytime after 5 a.m. Christmas morning and there will be something for you to do. LaShayna Sawyers, radio personality of 107.9 The Beat in Lexington, Kentucky, volunteers every year. “Since high school I have been coming to Wayside Christian Mission to volunteer yearly during the holidays,” Sawyers said. “Even through the four years that I was studying at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. I still come home during the holidays and volunteer wherever I am needed.” Sawyers said she enjoys helping the kitchen staff prepare the holiday meals. “I helped serve the food and drinks during the morning time. This year I am hoping to get out earlier and help the Wayside Christian Mission workers set up for the very eventful day. It’s a truly rewarding experience and I am excited that I’ve made this a holiday tradition of mine,” Sawyers said.
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House of Ruth Located at 607 E. Catherine St., House of Ruth pro-
vides shelter at affordable prices for people with HIV. They always need volunteers to provide meals to those living in the community. However, there are ongoing opportunities with House of Ruth. Volunteers are needed for the clothing drives and food pantry held by the organization. There are plenty of other places that need your help and all it takes is a search. Emmonnie Henderson, U of L track athlete and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will be volunteering in East St. Louis. “I enjoy giving back to the community, whether it be my community at home in St. Louis or the Louisville community, which has welcomed me in my years as a student here. When you’re able to help someone in need, it’s important to me to be that helping hand,” Henderson said. VolunteerMatch.org is a good place to find places in your area that may need volunteers. You don’t have to limit yourself to just the holidays or the Louisville community. Simply log onto VolunteerMatch.org and type in the zip code in which you are located, and you’ll find many opportunities. You can filter these opportunities by date, cause area and age groups. You can also do a google search and check local newspapers for articles and ads with volunteer activities. Enjoy your break from classes and your holiday fun, but remember: The greatest gift this holiday season is the gift of giving.
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‘Tis the season for gift giving, and for college students, the thought of spending your ramen money on presents can be a nightmare. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can avoid breaking the bank this year. Get crafty Homemade gifts have a bad connotation, but with enough effort, you can beat store bought items any day. With enough time spent on Pinterest, your friends and family will think you’re the master do-it-yourselfer in no time. Gift idea: Find a cookie recipe, put the dry ingredients in a mason jar, attach the full recipe on the side and give to your family members who like to bake. Recycle old gifts As long as it doesn’t hurt any feelings, wrap up last years gifts you never used. Try regifting things like shirts that don’t fit anymore or knick knacks you haven’t touched since last December. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Gift idea: If you have old toys from your childhood, give them to your younger family members. Use gift cards Homemade gifts aren’t for everyone, but buying presents from the store can still be no cost to you. If you have money left on old gift cards, buy everything you can with them. It’s basically buying gifts for free. For even more savings, ask
the cashier if the store has a student discount. Gift idea: Make guitar picks out of the gift cards after you use them. The environmentally conscious musician in your life will thank you. Ask for student discounts Even if there is no advertisement for a student discount, don’t hesitate to ask. You would be surprised how far your Cardinal Card can get you. Amazon gives a free six month Prime membership to college students. Free two day shipping can be a life saver for those who like to buy everything last minute. Retail stores like JCrew, Kate Spade, Express and TOMS offer discounts up to fifteen percent off or free shipping.
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Christmas “spirit” guide ANDREW KENT
With the winter months approaching and the holiday season in full swing, there are many drink variations that will get you through the holidays. Some being relatively easy to make, while others will be a more tedious process to whip up. The spirits that seem to be trending upward are bourbon and whiskey. The cocktails made with bourbon and whiskey are endless and in no short supply. According to Forbes, bourbon has created such a market even Suntory, a Japanese whiskey company, bought a share in Jim Beam. Bourbon Mule 1 1/2 ounces bourbon 1/2 cup ginger beer 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/2 ounces agave syrup Combine bourbon, ginger beer, lime juice and agave syrup in a glass or copper cup over ice. The “Bourbon Mule” is a Kentucky favorite cocktail. The Mule requires four ingredients in the shaker: bourbon, ginger beer, lime and agave syrup as a garnish. “Bourbon Mules are a quick and easy cocktail to drink or serve during the holiday season. The best thing about them would have to be the meager amount of ingredients, yet the fusion of flavors that tie nicely together in such a manner, you’d think there would be a handful of other things added,” Jeremy Englert,
graduate of Bellarmine University and Manager at Old Town Wine & Spirits said. While bourbon is treasured in the bluegrass state and a staple in many mixed drinks, this next cocktail is a little sweeter with a much more fruity emphasis. Painkiller 2 ounces Pusser’s Rum 4 ounces pineapple juice 2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce cream of coconut Ice Pinch of nutmeg Combine all ingredients except nutmeg in a shaker or blender. Pour in a glass and garnish with nutmeg. “Painkiller” seems like it would be stout and overwhelming by the name alone, however the ingredients provide an eclectic balance that makes it flavorful. The ingredients consist of Pusser’s Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut and a garnish of nutmeg to coat the top layer. This drink is meant to be blended or you can use a cocktail shaker, however the top layer has a frothed texture that works better when using a blender. “It’s almost like an island drink, but with the nutmeg and cream of coconut it gives it almost a dessert type feeling. It really works well during the holidays. It’s a perfect balance of flavors that make the drink enjoyable and not too sweet,” senior Nely Sepulvedy, 22, said.
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Holiday haters, let the Christmas lovers celebrate @__MBREWER
The holidays arrive with Christmas lights, hot chocolate and beloved holiday music. It’s Christmas time and time for Christmas cheer. Not everyone feels this way, though. Some people walk into a grocery store, hear the chime of “Jingle Bells” and get annoyed, especially if it isn’t December. They drive their cars through neighborhoods during the Thanksgiving season and get frustrated when they see the glow of red and green lights from houses. Is it really ever too early to start celebrating the holiday that brings beautiful lights, delightful tunes and wonderful holiday movies? No, it’s not. Ask any holiday lover and they’ll tell
Let the Christmas lovers wear their reindeer pajamas in November and blare “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”
you, Christmas isn’t just for a day, it’s for months. Christmas time, for some, starts the day after Halloween costumes are taken off. For others it begins the first
day of November and doesn’t end until champagne is uncorked New Year’s Day. These months are filled with all the holiday music from the classics to Christ-
mas pop. There’s dozens of cookies baked, too much hot chocolate consumed and even more of presents wrapped. Holiday inspired movies are watched on repeat until all the funny lines are memorized. There’s always the holiday haters, though. The people who will do anything to put an end to others’ Christmas fun. The ones who dread the Christmas pop and refuse to watch any holiday movie until Christmas Eve. To those people I say, let the festivities live on. No reason to be a negative, little elf. It’s all supposed to be fun and joyful. Let the Christmas lovers wear their reindeer pajamas in November and blare “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” To the people that hate on all the holiday fun, learn to love Christmas time with all the festiveness that comes with it.
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Lamar Jackson: “The greatest player you’re ever going to see” DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
On Aug. 14, 2014, the Louisville football program changed forever -- and no one could have guessed it. With the Twitter handle of @tito_ljackson at the time, Lamar Jackson tweeted “#Louisville Cardinal commit.” Fast forward 371 days. Jackson’s freshman season started with an interception and ended with four touchdowns in the Music City Bowl. Jump ahead 833 days from his commitment. Heisman Trophy trustee Sanford Wurmfeld stepped on stage in New York City and announced Jackson as the Heisman winner. Immediately, Jackson’s hand covered his mouth and head dropped. “I’m sorry, (you all). This is crazy for me right now,” Jackson said as he reached for his acceptance speech. The youngest Heisman winner ever, Jackson shook the program in 29 months. It’s hard to appreciate a player like Jackson until he’s gone. During his career, Jackson made Louisville football must watch, which is arguably the first time that has ever been said about the program. After the win against Kentucky, coach
Bobby Petrino said Jackson surprises him every day. “It’s so fun to watch how much he’s
grown as a player,” Petrino said. “He’s the ultimate competitor. I’ve never been around someone who competes like
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him.” Petrino didn’t stop there when talking about his Heisman winning quarterback. “He’s the best player you’re ever going to see,” Petrino said. “His ability to throw the ball, run the ball, there’s been nobody like him and it’ll be awhile before you see anyone like him again.” When Jackson entered the press conference, he was told about Petrino’s comment and his eyebrows raised -- caught off guard maybe. Jackson responded with casual sports jargon. “That just makes me grind harder,” Jackson said. “If that’s what he said or what my teammates think, I just have to live up to it.” Jackson may have shrugged off the comments, but when a player like Jackson hits the field, everyone knows it. “I’m just glad we don’t have to play him,” linebacker Johnathan Greenard said. In 37 career games, Jackson totaled 200 yards in 33 games and scored at least one touchdown in 34 games. In 25 games, Jackson totaled over 300 yards. Video game numbers and big smiles are standard with Jackson. His time at U of L may be coming to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Yay or nay: Can Lamar be an NFL quarterback? STAFF
If Lamar Jackson enters the coming NFL Draft, he will be one of the biggest stories. Of course he will be selected, but what position will he play? Will he be make it as an NFL quarterback? Our sports staff weighs in.
Dalton Ray: Nay
Jackson has earned the right to be selected as a quarterback in the coming NFL Draft. In terms of total quarterback rating, Jackson is third in the nation behind Arizona’s Khalil Tate and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. He has progressed light-years as a passer, but Jackson won’t get the chance he deserves. Jackson is an outstanding athlete and teams will want him on the
field in some form. I don’t expect teams to truly give him a chance to be a quarterback, preventing him from excelling at the position.
Matt Bradshaw: Yay
Jackson has put up too many recordbreaking numbers for his professional stock to plummet. Compared most often to the great Michael Vick, the Cardinal quarterback has already put Vick’s college statistics to shame. Moreover, No. 8 has shown the resolve to keep improving his raw talent. Tall enough for good vision, bulk enough to handle the hits and better passing ability all but solidify his future as a valuable first-round draft pick.
Conner Farrell: Yay
Jackson’s elite speed will translate well
to the way NFL offenses are trending -- spreading the ball out and even adding more run-pass options. The biggest knock by scouts on the 6-foot-3 quarterback has been his passing, particularly his accuracy and ability to understand reads in a pro-style offense. Using this season, especially the past three games, as evidence, Jackson has only improved in those areas as a passer.
Jordan Shim: Yay
Running quarterbacks don’t last long in the NFL, so he’ll have to learn to play more from the pocket and use his legs to avoid the pass rush more than running for big gains. He has a big arm, added with decent deep ball accuracy, so that will be a major plus for him.
Jeff Milby: Nay
Jackson will be selected in next June’s NFL Draft. His exceptional talent with his arm and his legs will see to that. But whether he becomes a success at the next level is more complicated. Jackson fits an archetype that has a mixed bag of results in the NFL. If everything falls to his favor, Jackson figures to be the second coming of Vick, a generational talent and leaguewide fan favorite who has the ability to stupefy defensive coordinators. His slight frame and propensity to run is reminiscent of another Heisman Trophy winner -- Robert Griffin III. After reaching the summit of college football at Baylor, Griffin was a rookie-sensation in Washington until a rash of injuries halted his promising career.
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The evolution of Lamar Jackson
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Junior quarterback Lamar Jackson is a program-changing, once-in-a-decade player. Eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson may not return for his senior season. If that’s the case, let’s take a look back.
“It’s Jackson ... (He) throws it deep into double coverage and it is intercepted,” CBS’ Verne Lunquist said on the first play in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against No. 6 Auburn. Little did fans know, the wiry 6-foot3 190 lbs. kid from Pompano Beach, Florida would go on to rewrite school and national records. The Cards lost to Auburn 31-24, but Jackson finished with his first of many 100-yard-plus passing and rushing yard game. Jackson’s first start came against Samford, accounting for 396 total yards and three touchdowns. Edging NC State, Jackson busted a 68yard touchdown run in the first quarter and followed it with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Traveling to No. 11 Florida State the following week, Jackson threw three touchdown passes in the 20-point loss. Not deterred by the 2-4 record, Jackson led U of L to victories against Boston College and Wake Forest. Jackson spent time on the bench in the next two games. The apex of Jackson’s up-and-down freshman season arrived when Louisville traveled to Lexington, Kentucky. Jackson entered the game down 21
points. Led by the true freshman, Louisville scored 31 unanswered points. Behind Jackson’s 316 total yards and three touchdowns, Louisville canned Kentucky bowl game hopes. In the Music City Bowl, Louisville faced Texas A&M. Jackson ran through the 22nd-ranked defense. His third score was a memorable 61-yard run, coined by Jackson’s patented breakneck speed. In the bowl win, Jackson joined Vince Young and Johnny Manziel being one of three players to ever rush and pass for 200 plus yards in a bowl game. In 12 games, Jackson finished with 1,840 passing yards and 960 rushing yards with 24 total touchdowns.
Jackson lifted the 2016 Heisman Trophy Dec. 10 in New York City, but he won it playing on a Friday night in September in Syracuse. It happened in the Carrier Dome on a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line. Jackson faked a hand-off and began with the ball towards the end-zone around his left tackle. Gliding like a gazelle, Jackson approached the six-yard line. Syracuse’s Cordell Hudson looked poised to make the stop. Like an attacking lion, Hudson opened his arms and launched into Jackson -only Jackson wasn’t there. He was in the air, directly over Hudson’s head. As Hudson hit the ground and turned back to see where his prey had gone, Jackson landed on his feet, with the balance of a worldclass gymnast and tip-toed over the goalline to score. There was an audible gasp from the crowd.
This was Jackson’s Heisman moment. The next week, Jackson accounted for five touchdowns in the mauling of No. 2 Florida State, the Heisman race was all but over. Jackson was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Louisville looked destined for unprecedented success. Despite losses in his final two games to close the regular season, Jackson was a run-away Heisman winner over Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Jackson finished with more than 5,100 total yards and 51 touchdowns. He gained more that 500 total yards in eight games. He set the single-season school record for rushing yards and the singleseason ACC record for rushing yards and touchdowns by a quarterback. His 610 total yards against Syracuse was an ACC single-game record. Holding the trophy at 19-years old, Jackson is the youngest player ever to win the Heisman. After nearly disbanding in the 1980s, Louisville had now moved into an elite club of college football: Producing a Heisman winner. As for that night in New York, Jackson was asked about his “Heisman moment.” His emblematic response summed up his year. “Each and every game should be a Heisman moment,” Jackson said.
Jackson walked into 2017 aiming to establish himself as a passer. Pushing 215 lbs., Jackson improved his completion percentage (56 percent to 60 percent), increased his quarterback rating (148.8 to 151.5) and lowered his interceptions (nine to six).
In the first two games Jackson threw for 771 yards and five touchdowns on 65 completion percentage. Jackson’s pocket presence and awareness looked remodeled. Halfway through the year, despite the 3-3 record, Jackson still averaged 416 total yards with 19 touchdowns. The Cardinals hadn’t yet hit rock bottom as they fell to Boston College and Wake Forest. In the final stretch of the season, Jackson finally started getting help from his offense and defense. U of L closed the final six games with four wins. In the final six games, Jackson averaged 405 total yards and 21 touchdowns. Even through the toil of 2017, Jackson gleamed through dusk. While he isn’t the Heisman favorite, Jackson’s numbers are on par with his sophomore campaign. Let’s take a look at the numbers from 2016: 5,114 total yards, 51 touchdowns and 17 turnovers. Now 2017 (through 12 games): 4,932 total yards, 42 touchdowns and nine turnovers. Through all the accomplishment, some have tried to forget the 2016 Heisman winner. Leaving Jackson off the Davey O’Brien Award Award list is one example of how his greatness has become accustomed. Jackson is the first player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Whether Jackson plans to enter the NFL draft or not, Louisville -- and the nation -- should count themselves lucky to witness him.
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Ranking Lamar Jacksonâ€™s Top 10 games DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
Lamar Jackson has had plenty of statstuffing, electrifying games during his time at U of L, but which were his best?
Jackson toyed with the Eagles, scoring on a 69-yard run 90 seconds into the game. He ended his day with a 53-yard run at the end of the third quarter.
6. Kentucky, 2017 Stats: 216 passing yards, two passHonorable mention: Syraing touchdowns and 156 rushing yards. cuse, 2017 Stats: 270 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, 111 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. In the middle of a winning streak, Louisville blew by the Orange 56-10. Jackson stayed on par for a typical game, finishing with more than 300 yards and four touchdowns.
10. Charlotte, 2016
Stats: 286 passing yards, six passing touchdowns, 119 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Sure, Charlotte isn't a Power Five team, but Jackson's eight touchdown performance kicked off his Heisman campaign. His 48 points and eight touchdowns are both tied for NCAA records for a single game.
9. Virginia, 2016
Stats: 361 passing yards, four touchdowns and 88 rushing yards. Jackson didn't find the end zone on the ground, but shredded the Cavaliers through the air. The Cards escaped Virginia on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Jaylen Smith with under two minutes to play.
8. North Carolina, 2017
Stats: 393 passing yards, three passing yards, 132 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Provoked before the game by a UNC linebacker, Jackson ruptured the Tar Heels in tune for 525 yards and six touchdowns. Three of his scores came in the fourth quarter to put away from the Heels.
7. Boston College, 2016
Stats: 231 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, 185 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Maybe not his best statistical game, but Jackson was nearly perfect the most recent Battle for the Governor's Cup. Completing 71 percent of his passes, Jackson didn't allow the Wildcats to come close in the 44-17 win.
5. Syracuse, 2016
Stats: 411 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 199 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Known as "The Hurdle," Jackson sprung on the national stage on the Friday night game against the Orange.
4. Kentucky, 2015
Stats: 130 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 186 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Tossed into the game down 21, Jackson led the Cardinals to 31-unanswered points. UK didn't have an answer for Jackson as he danced for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback.
3. Texas A&M, 2015
Stats: 227 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, 226 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Jackson stepped into national record books in the bowl win as one of only three players to have 200-plus passing and rushing yards in a bowl game.
2. Clemson, 2016
Stats: 295 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 162 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. On the road against the national champions, Jackson nearly willed the Cardinals to a victory. Sacked five times in the game, Jackson put U of L in position to win on the final drive. Louisville came up just short, but Jackson stood toe-to-toe with one of the nation's best
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1. Florida State, 2016
Stats: 216 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 146 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. It's hard to put together a more com-
plete game than what Jackson's showing No. 2 FSU. Against a defense littered with NFL talent, Jackson treated the Seminoles just like any other team. Jackson's five touchdowns came in front of a record crowd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
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PASSING YARDS 8,872 7,715 RUSHING YARDS 3,974 4,592 PASSING TD 67 66 RUNNING TD 49 36 TOTAL YARDS 12,846 13,099 TOTAL TD 116 109 GRAPHIC BY MITCHELL HOWES / THE LOUIVILLE CARDINAL
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