By LARRY VAUGHT
When he was coaching at Louisville, one of the players that current Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas helped bring to Louisville was quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Now Jackson is seen as the leader for the Heisman Trophy going into Saturday’s game with Kentucky.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops joked Monday that he expects Thomas “to find us one of those guys” now that he is at Kentucky. He also said Thomas really can’t help with ways to slow down Thomas’ running or throwing.
“I don’t know if anybody has any real good ideas on how to slow him down. He’s absolutely a phenomenal player. What I admire most about Lamar Jackson is you could see his leadership and you can see his toughness, just watching some of their games and we had an opportunity to watch throughout the year on TV and of course on film you don’t see it as much, but on TV, you can just tell how strong he is and what type of leader he is,” said Stoops Monday.
“They are good across the board and they’re well coached across the board, but when they need a play, he’s there. He’ll run or throw or make a good decision and will his team to win, so you have to have a lot of respect for somebody like that.”
Stoops says Jackson is better with his decision making this year.
“He’s improved in a lot of ways. I think you could just see with, like I talked about earlier with him, with the leadership and the toughness. He’s a complete player. He can throw the heck out of the football and sit in the pocket. But obviously he’s an exceptional athlete as well,” Stoops said