LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rewarding as it was to win the Heisman Trophy last season, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson didn't end the year the way he had envisioned.
Jackson's selection as the school's first Heisman winner was preceded by consecutive losses that erased the Cardinals' slim chances of being in the College Football Playoff. Louisville then dropped its bowl game, taking some of the luster off the milestone season.
Shaky protection contributed to Jackson's late-season struggles as he was sacked 22 times over those final three contests. He took responsibility for decisions leading to those sacks along with costly turnovers.