Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is a mutant.
He runs past defenders like Quicksilver, teleports into the end zone like Nightcrawler, runs through safeties like Kitty Pryde, and flings footballs down the field like Colossus throwing Wolverine at a sentinel.
He has to be some sort of genetically advance being. He does things on the football field that nobody else has done before. He scored eight touchdowns in the first half of Louisville’s 70-14 Week 1 game against Charlotte — but it was Charlotte, that’s no test. Then he threw for 411 yards and rushed for 199 and totaled five touchdowns in three quarters against Syracuse in Week 2 — but it was Syracuse.
Surely he wouldn’t replicate those numbers against the all mighty Florida State. He has adamantium coated bones and the Seminoles were Magneto. Nobody else could stop him, but the No. 2 team in the country would certainly do him in.
It turns out nope. Wrong. All wrong. Everything wrong. Nah-uh.
Lamar Jackson shredded the FSU defense like Wolvie tearing through security guards at the Weapon X compound.
He carried the ball 17 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns, while going 13 of 20 for 216 yards and another score through the air in the Cardinals 63-20 dismantling of FSU.
He now has 18 total touchdowns this season — more than 120 whole teams in the FBS. He averages 459 total yards per game — more than 97 squads. He is first in the nation in rushing touchdowns with 10, and second in yards with 464. He is the only player since the turn of the century to rush for double digit touchdowns in his team’s first three games. He is easily on pace to become the fourth player to rush and pass for over 20 touchdowns in a season — joining Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel in the historic club.
Lamar Jackson is the best in the world at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice.
After three games, he has people comparing him to Michael Vick. And Vick himself says Jackson is five times better than he was at Virginia Tech. He might be right.
The only other player that comes to mind with his rushing ability at the quarterback position is Michigan’s Denard Robinson — who started his 2010 campaign by breaking the Wolverines’ record for total yards in a game with 383 in the team’s season opener against Connecticut, then followed that up with 502 in Week 2 against Notre Dame, and racked up 494 against Indiana in Week 5. He finished the season with 1,702 rushing yards and 2,570 passing yards and became the first player in NCAA history to record over 1,500 yards both rushing and passing.
By all accounts, Lamar Jackson is better. And he is certainly not going to slow down this week. Louisville faces a 1-1 Marshall squad that allowed the mighty Akron Zips to amass 524 yards on their way to scoring 65 points in their last game. This one could get ugly.
And Jackson probably won’t slow down after that.
After a colossal showdown with Clemson next week and a matchup with Houston on Nov. 17 that should be circled on all college football fan’s calendars, he doesn’t face any real threats. The other teams on the Cardinals schedule are Duke, NC State, Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, and Kentucky. Not exactly world beaters.
The only thing standing between Jackson and total world domination is the fact that he may spend as much time on the sidelines with his team up by 70 points as he spends on the field the rest of the way.
As the first month of college football comes to a close, the Heisman Trophy is Lamar Jackson’s to lose.