Lamar Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy in a close race with Deshaun Watson. Neither of the finalists did much to separate themselves in the final weeks leaving room for suspense as the announcement was made. It marked the second straight season Watson finished second for the award.
The voters did not seem to penalize Jackson for his struggles down the stretch as Louisville lost their last two games.
Jackson put up video game numbers this season. He had 3,390 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Jackson also rushed for 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns giving him a total of 51 touchdowns for the season.
One of Jackson’s most memorable performances came in Louisville’s 63-20 win over Florida State. Jackson rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns. He threw for 216 yards and a touchdown.
The week prior he put up another crazy stat line at Syracuse. Jackson threw for 411 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for another 199 yards and four touchdowns. Jackson’s ability to run with the ball became a trademark of his stellar season.
Jackson was visibly emotional during the speech. “This is crazy,” Jackson continued to repeat. He became the youngest player to ever win the award.
As the announcement was made, Jackson looked surprise despite being the favorite:
Here’s some of the best reactions from Twitter: