First, the comments indicating an ACC coach believed Lamar Jackson had “no shot” of playing in the NFL were anonymous. Then on Saturday Jackson said he heard they came from a Wake Forest football coach.
And now the denial of such claims: Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson denied having been the source of the January quote in Sports Illustrated that said Jackson wouldn’t play in the NFL.
“I never said those things,” Clawson told Scout.com’s Wake Forest site after Monday’s preseason practice. “I have great respect for Lamar Jackson as a football player. I think he is one of the elite players not only in the ACC, but in the country.”
Clawson reportedly denied being contacted by Sports Illustrated for the piece. The Scout.com report also indicated Wake Forest officials reached out to to Louisville over the weekend to assure them that Clawson was not responsible for those comments nor did he believe them to be an accurate representation of Jackson’s ability.
The comment made was in a Sports Illustrated story about former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s NFL prospects, which led to an unnamed ACC coach declaring, “Jackson has no shot at playing quarterback in the NFL. None. He can’t make the throws and can’t read coverages. He’s not going to have a chance.”
On Saturday, Jackson said, “Yeah, I heard Wake Forest. I heard (it was) the Wake Forest coach. But we won, so I don’t really care.”
Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, will lead Louisville to Wake Forest on Oct. 28.
“I think he is one of the very best players in all of college football, and one of the most dynamic quarterbacks I’ve seen play the game,” Clawson said. “I have great respect for him as a player and how he’s developed as a quarterback.”