Lamar Jackson gets a look on kickoff returns

A quarterback returning kickoffs and punts? Not likely but Lamar Jackson is not your typical quarterback.

Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson

Coach Bobby Petrino revealed during a Central Cardinal Club fan meeting Wednesday that he has experimented with using freshman Jackson on punt returns.

“He probably could play other positions than quarterback,” said Petrino. “We’ve had him back the other day working on catching kickoffs and punts. He is a dynamic athlete. Probably one of the fastest guys on our team. Certainly can change directions and has great speed.

“But he is first and foremost a quarterback. He really throw the football. He has great instincts and vision. There are times he makes throws and we just say wow. He is a great athlete who can help out in a number of ways.”

Wouldn’t be too surprising either to see Jackson occasionally line up as a receiver if he’s that versatile.

Lamar Jackson resists Florida, signs with Louisville

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Lamar Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Boynton Beach, Fla., signed a letter of intent late Wednesday morning to play his college football at the University of Louisville.

His commitment coming after a late push from the Jim McElwain, the new Florida football coach, to persuade Jackson to play for an “SEC power” and stay in his home state. Reports of the Florida coaches making 20 attempts to talk with him during the hours leading up to his announcement. He had just visited the Florida campus over the weekend.

Jackson is a Bobby Petrino-type quarterback, good at passing or running the ball. He threw for 1,306 yards and rushed for 962 while accounting for 35 total touchdowns.

Louisville commit rushes for five touchdowns, passes for two more

Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson

The University of Louisville football team has an open date Saturday. A good day to check out Lamar Jackson who has committed to play for UofL next season.

Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound senior quarterback at Boynton Beach High School near Orlando, ran for five touchdowns and passed for two others in leading his team to a 63-58 win over Coconut Creek Friday night. He ran three yards with six seconds left to give his team the win. Boynton Beach is 9-0 this season under his leadership.

Not a polished video by any means. They finally fix the camera  at the 33 minute mark. You can’t miss Jackson, he’s No. 7, the tallest player on the field, calling signals for the team in the white jerseys. He runs 50 yards for a TD on the first play of the game.