Louisville football: Lamar Jackson believes Wake Forest coach said he can’t play in NFL
It has been many months since an anonymous ACC coach made a comment about Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson having “no shot” at playing in the NFL.
After being asked about it Saturday at Louisville football media day, Jackson had his suspicions about which coach made the statement.
“Yeah, I heard Wake Forest. I heard [it was] the Wake Forest coach,” Jackson said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “But we won, so I don’t really care.”
Jackson ran for 188 yards, but threw for a season-low 145 yards on 14 of 26 passing and was sacked 5 times in a 44-12 win over Wake Forest.
The comment made about Jackson’s NFL hopes came to light in January, when Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel did a piece the NFL potential of former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. An ACC coach was quoted on Watson, and also offered his thoughts on Jackson.
“We played [Watson] and Lamar Jackson and Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None,” the coach told SI. “He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance. Watson stands tall in the pocket and whips the ball around like Ben Roethlisberger.”
Watson was the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, picked by the Houston Texans. Jackson is back at Louisville this season for his junior season as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.