Lamar Jackson has wow'd the college football world for two seasons. He ran away with the Heisman Trophy a year ago after more than 5,000 total yards and 51 total touchdowns, and he's just under 4,000 yards to go with 32 TDs in 2017.
If that is what the choice turns out to be, Jackson is very likely to head off to the NFL. So, who's Louisville's QB replacement for Lamar Jackson?
Enter Jawon Pass.
Pass — yes, that's really his name — is a freshman this season and has seen the field a bit, completing 20 of 29 passes for 192 yards and a score and even running in another.
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“I learned how to win the Heisman. I know what it takes. It was just a blessing to be able to sit behind him and watch from him and learn from him. … He can run the ball, throw the ball. You can’t beat having a quarterback who can do both.” — Jawon Pass on learning under Lamar Jackson/Courier-Journal
Pass doesn't have the elusiveness or pure speed of Jackson — few athletes do, even fewer QBs ever have — but he possesses top-level arm strength and a quick release. He entered college a raw passer with a need to clean up his footwork, which is common for recruits and freshman.
Pass has been compared more to Cam Newton than Jackson, due to his size and power, and the similarities can be seen in their game, too. His nickname is Puma, of that tells you anything.
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Whenever Jackson decides to move onto the NFL, the Cardinals and head coach Bobby Petrino have themselves another high-ceiling quarterback prospect to develop, and albeit in a different manner, one with as much upside as the one they have now.[divider]