Lamar Jackson may not be stiff-armed good this season, but he’s still really damn good.
In Louisville’s win over Virginia Saturday, Jackson passed for 195 yards and ran for another 147. That gives the reigning Heisman Trophy winner 3,003 passing yards and 1,173 yards rushing this season.
Last year in his run to the Heisman, Jackson was at 3,543 passing and 1,571, which means he’s the first quarterback in NCAA history to hit the 3,000/1,000 mark in back-to-back seasons.
It’s highly unlikely that Jackson will make it back-to-back-back seasons of hitting that standard as he’s expected to leave the Cardinals early and make himself available for the 2018 NFL draft.
Last season, Jackson became the eighth to reach that 3,000/1,000, joining Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (2015), Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (2012), Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch (2012), Northern Illinois’ Chandler Harnish (2011), Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (2010), Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour (2007) and Texas Vince Young (2005). Young left UT early for the NFL and never had the chance to repeat the feat, while Kaepernick and Lynch did it in their final seasons of eligibility. All of the others had at least one more season — LeFevour had two — to match it but failed. Lynch actually came the closest as he ran for a record 1,920 yards in 2013, but finished with just 2,892 yards passing that year.
Should Jackson throw for at least 997 yards in the Cardinals’ last three games, he would join Watson as the only quarterbacks in the 4,000/1,000 club.
Out of all of the things that happened this weekend in college football, this is one that should add a bit of levity to a national hot-button issue but probably won’t for most.
Before Colin Kaepernick became THE lightning rod of all lightning rods in the NFL, he was a quarterback at Nevada. And, as the starting quarterback at Nevada, he faced Boise State four times.
The first three games resulted in losses for the Wolf Pack; the last, in late-November of 2010, was an overtime win that snapped the No. 3 Broncos’ 24-game winning streak and ruined their Mountain West rival’s BCS title hopes. It was a crushing and unexpected blow for the Little Program That Could, as well as its fans.
While that loss was nearly seven years ago, it still doesn’t sit well with a Broncos’ fan base that clearly has a very good and extensive memory.
Very well-played, sir.
In doing some digging on the Kaepernick-Boise connection, though, there’s this somewhat ironic quote from a player — who some say is being blackballed for his sitting/kneeling during the national anthem last season being turned into an NFL-wide movement this year — when he was asked how he dealt with the late-game stress in 2010, which included two missed field goals by the Broncos that could’ve potentially won the game.
“To be honest, I was on a knee on the sideline praying, hoping we’d get another shot.”
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Apparently, that doesn’t necessarily apply to The Biggest Little City in the World.
Early Saturday morning, Nevada graduate assistant Jeff Nady was arrested and charged after an extended incident that ended with the former Wolf Pack football player crashing his vehicle into the Nugget Casino Resort. All told, Nady is facing five misdemeanor charges: driving under the influence, open alcohol container in the vehicle, possession of a gun under the influence of alcohol/drugs, obstructing a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident.
As to what led to the arrest and charges, we yield the floor to KTVN-TV in Reno:
SPD says a Sparks Police Officer saw the driver on I-80 exiting onto Pyramid Highway when the Nady hit an exit sign, but then drove away from the scene. The car continued westbound on Nugget Ave and tried to make a turn onto northbound 11th street. Nady lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the Nugget Casino Hotel. He left his car and ran into the hotel where he was apprehended by Sparks police.
As a result of the development, Nady has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.
We are aware of the incident and are gathering more information at this time. Jeff has been suspended from football-related activities as the legal process continues.
Nady is currently in the midst of his second season as a grad assistant at his alma mater.
The state of Nevada’s FBS football teams will honor the victims and local heroes from this past Sunday’s tragic shooting along the Las Vegas Strip.
According to a release by UNLV, the Rebels are planning a pregame tribute before Saturday’s contest against San Diego State that will include a 100-yard long American flag for the national anthem and a ceremony that will honor those lost in the attack, as well as first-responders, medical personnel and other local heroes who rushed in to save lives over the weekend. Both teams will also don red ‘Las Vegas’ ribbon decals on their helmets, in addition to similar ribbons being worn by coaching staffs and those in attendance at Sam Boyd Stadium.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and the families impacted by this senseless act of violence,” UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said in a statement. “While football is just a game, it can also serve as a rallying point of unity and allow all of us to recognize the incredible heroism displayed by so many this week. We are all extremely proud of our community’s response over the last couple of days.”
UNLV, whose campus is just a few miles from where the attack took place, is not the only football team who will pay tribute to the victims either as Mountain West rival Nevada is also set to wear a ‘Las Vegas’ helmet decal the rest of the season. The team hosts Hawaii on Saturday afternoon in Reno and likely join many college football games across the country with a moment of silence as well.
At least 59 people were killed this week after a gunman opened fire on a concert venue just off the Las Vegas Strip in what is being described as the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history. NBC News has continuing coverage of the aftermath of the attack online and on various NBC television channels and programs.
So much for that, I guess.
On Saturday, David Cornwell made his debut as a Nevada Wolf Pack football player. Three days later, the football program announced that the quarterback has left the team and asked for a release from his scholarship.
No reason for the abrupt departure was given.
“We appreciate his contributions and wish him the best moving forward,” a portion of a statement from the school read.
The move ends an odd tenure for Cornwell with the Mountain West program.
In an early December of last year, Cornwell announced his decision to leave Alabama; a little over a month later, he landed at Nevada as a graduate transfer. A strong spring practice led him to be named Nevada’s starting quarterback entering summer camp, but he couldn’t maintain that job ahead of the opener against Northwestern.
Idle the first three games of the 2017 season, Cornwell made his debut in the 38-point loss to Washington State in Week 4. In that time, he went 13-of-25 for 97 yards and three interceptions. On Monday, Ty Gangi, who started the first two games, was again named the starter while true freshman Kaymen Cureton, the starter the last two games, was named the backup.
One day later, Cornwell, the No. 3 quarterback on the most recent depth chart, asked for his release.
Cornwell was a four-star 2014 recruit, rated as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Oklahoma. He did not attempt a pass during any of his three seasons in Tuscaloosa.
If he opts to transfer to a third FBS program, Cornwell would have one season of eligibility remaining that he could use next season.