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Lamar Jackson Continues to Wow

By BJ Bennett
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For as stunning as Lamar Jackson's production was last season, it may be even more impressive that he is doing it all once again.

Entering this fall, the biggest challenge for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was going to be living up to his own reputation. Becoming the first player in FBS history to reach 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a single season and the youngest Heisman Trophy winner ever, Jackson has been graded on a different scale, a new metric his own production created. When you score eight touchdowns in the first half of your first game, your toughest opponent, moving forward, becomes yourself.

With the ink still drying from a year ago, Jackson is already rewriting the history he just made. Though the now-junior has merely 1,010 total yards through two games this year compared to 1,015 yards the one prior, Jackson is now the only power-five quarterback ever to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in consecutive games. He, in a 47-35 win at North Carolina on Saturday, threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns, running for 132 yards and three more scores.

There is nothing Jackson can't do. On the season, he is completing over 64% of his passes for 771 yards, with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions, reaching the endzone three more times and adding 239 yards rushing. Against the Tar Heels, Jackson even added a shoulder shove as a lead-blocker on a redzone-reverse.

Up next for Jackson's Cardinals, a home showdown with defending national champion Clemson. A year ago in Death Valley, Jackson put on a show with 457 total yards in a 42-36 defeat, Louisville's lone loss in its first ten games of 2016. The nation will be watching and, as has been the case throughout Jackson's career, will likely be enjoying the replays.

Highlight videos aside, tape of Jackson has to be impressing NFL scouts. Long projected as a high first round pick, his continued proficiency is only adding to his value. Jackson has everything the next level looks for and then some. Remarkably, given his start, Jackson is only getting better.

For as stunning as Jackson's production was last season, it may be even more impressive that he is breaking the box score once again. Jackson has already done things nobody else has done before; now he is doing things even he hasn't done. 

Jackson shouldn't just be regarded as everybody's All-American and the Heisman Trophy front-runner, he should be fully appreciated for what truly he is: one of the best players in college football history.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports