NCAA Awards: Is the Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson Worthy of the Heisman Trophy?

By Fay Morgan, Posted: 11/30/16 06:00AM EST

It is now the time for College Football awards and the most awaited trophy is the Heisman. The Heisman Award is an annual event given to the most outstanding player in college football. The player's performance should exhibit the pursuit of excellence together with integrity.

Last year's awardee was Derrick Henry. He was the running back for Alabama Crimson Tide and now plays for the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Lamar Jackson is trying his best to join the Heisman trophy race. The Louisville quarterback had a great season not until a couple of weeks ago as he has been rolling with turnovers and stumbling down stretches in the game.

But despite the circumstances, Jackson still has the best statistics this season and in college football history. Despite this, reports that he has been on the losing side of his final two regular-season games and no player who has won the Heisman has picked up the trophy on a two-game skid since Tim Brown of Notre Dame in 1987.

Jackson is in a bad situation as he is out of the game on the championship weekend and this is a critical week because many Heisman voters will be watching the games. Unlike Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Washington's Jake Browning and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook who are playing during the week.

Browning is a strong contender for the trophy. According to USA Today, He has Heisman-worthy numbers: Browning ranks third nationally in touchdowns, sixth in yards per attempt and fourth in quarterback efficiency on one of the nation's best teams. It just won't be good enough in 2016.

So far, Jackson is still on the lead in the AP panel's voting but many can change during the weekend. The final list of nominees will be announced on Monday. We would have to wait then to see who is on the list.

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