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Lamar Jackson becomes the youngest ever player to win the Heisman Trophy

Jackson made an emotional speech after collecting the coveted award.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy when he was named the top performer in US college football on Saturday.

Louisville Jackson Heisman Source: Timothy D. Easley

The 19-year-old Jackson became the 13th quarterback in the last 16 years to win the coveted award and he did it by combining prolific passing skills with an aggressive running game.

He is the fourth second-year player, or sophomore, to win as he edged out Clemson University quarterback DeShaun Watson by a margin of 2,144 points to 1,524.

University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield placed third with 361 points while his Oklahoma teammate and wide receiver Dede Westbrook was fourth with 209 points.

Jackson was named the MVP of last season’s Music City Bowl game and emerged as the favourite by throwing 30 touchdowns and rushing for 21 other scores during 12 games.

He completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 3,390 yards and rushed for 1,538 yards for Louisville, which finished with a 9-3 record. Jackson averaged 8.9 yards per pass and 6.6 yards per rush.

Watson led Clemson to a playoff berth against Ohio State on December  31 and set 52 team records.

Source: NFL Media Insider/YouTube

© – AFP, 2016

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