Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson offered several interesting insights during the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff. Jackson sparked Louisville’s come from behind win over UK last year.
Q. In your opinion, what can you say about where you’ve grown the most and how you’ve kind of handled the fact there’s a lot more expectation for you this year?
LAMAR JACKSON: I’ve been growing a lot. In the past game, I’ve becoming a student of the game, hitting the books hard. Coach been on me a lot. Standing on top of my throws. He’s been on top of me about that, too. Trying to become a dynamic quarterback.
Q. Lamar, we talked this summer a little bit about your evolution as a quarterback. Now that you have that level of expectation, you have that comfort level, what do you think we’ll see this year as far as your game? What is the biggest improvement you think you’ll make this year?
LAMAR JACKSON: I think you guys are going to see a whole lot of everything from me. Giving my all out there on the field. Last year we were trying to show everyone we were a young team, we could go out there and play. This year is a whole ‘nother story. More mature, older now. We’ve been hitting the books hard, like I said before.
Q. You obviously had a strong finish to last year. From those last two games where you put up crazy stats, what kind of confidence did that give you?
LAMAR JACKSON: It gave me a big boost. I just went out there and coach told me to have fun. I went out there with a smile, not rage that I had to show everyone. Just had fun, show what we could do. Came out with a victory. That’s what it’s all about, winning.
Q. Pass protection was an issue for Louisville, especially early in the season. Last in sacks allowed. Did it get better as the year went on? Did you feel you were better protected as you went along? What’s the outlook for this year?
LAMAR JACKSON: It wasn’t a lot of the linemen’s fault. When I watched film, it was actually protecting. I was just running, like, on my own, get sacked. It wasn’t really the line’s fall on some of the occasions.
This year everyone know what they’re doing. We’re not young anymore. We’re older now, like I said before. Our line’s going to be pretty good, great.
Q. When coach he said you were coming to Media Day, how have you grown in that aspect?
LAMAR JACKSON: I’ve been having a lot of training on my interviews. How am I doing? I’m doing good, all right (smiling).
It’s been fun. It’s been a fun experience. At first I was like, Media Day, I don’t want to do this, coach. I’m growing, so I have to do what I have to do. Responsibility.
Q. I see you’re wearing a cross around your neck right now. How important has your faith been as you’ve continued to grow as a football player?
LAMAR JACKSON: I’ll start off like this. Every morning when I wake up, I pray. Without God, I wouldn’t be able to be here right now or on the field. God come first more than anything to me. That’s all I got to say. God come first, yeah.