In some pre-season projections, he wasn't even first team all conference. He wasn't even second team all conference. And his team wasn't even regarded as a contender in its own division.
It's not that way anymore for Lamar Jackson and the No. 3 ranked Louisville Cardinals. Win four games, including a 63-20 romp past Florida State, will certainly change opinions.
But even more impressive are the numbers that Jackson, the Cardinals sophomore quarterback, has posted. Numbers which are hard to project for a TEAM, much less an individual.
Numbers like 25 touchdowns (13 passing, 12 running) have made Jackson, who was behind Clemson's Dehaun Watson and Miami 's Brad Kaaya in pre-season all ACC conference QB selections, the Heisman front runner.
Next up for Jackson is a game in Death Valley, at Clemson (and Watson) on Saturday night. It might be a reality check, but it also might be more of the same.
Coming off another highlight film--7 TDs--in Louisville's 59-28 win over Marshall last week--Jackson is TMGcollegesports.com's Newsmaker of the Week.