Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has been dazzling fans for two weeks with his blend of eye-popping athleticism and arm strength.
His talent has been compared to a former NFL star who also took the college football world by storm as an underclassman, Michael Vick.
Vick was clearly amazed by Jackson’s performance on Saturday against the second-ranked team in college football, Florida State.
Lamar Jackson 5x better than what I was at V-Tech….Enough said!! #future
— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) September 17, 2016
Jackson went 13-for-20 for 210 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception, and ran for 146 yards and 4 touchdowns. Louisville blew Florida State off of the field, 63-20. One of Jackson’s runs was every bit as spectacular as Vick’s iconic overtime touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings when he played for the Atlanta Falcons.
— House Stark (@Its_Reece) September 17, 2016
The praise poured in on Twitter, with many comparing Jackson to the former Atlanta Falcons revolutionary quarterback.
Lamar Jackson-Michael Vick comparisons feel apt — good and bad. Elite athletes. Jackson throws pretty ball, a la Vick, but accuracy shaky.
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) September 17, 2016
Lamar Jackson reminds me of Cam Newton and Michael Vick in the sense that he is BY FAR the best athlete on the field. @UofLFootball
— Jesse James Palmer (@JessePalmerABC) September 17, 2016
Comp feels too easy but Lamar Jackson really is Michael Vick 2.0. Speed, agility, effortlessly powerful arm and natural throwing motion
— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 17, 2016
Vick talked to the Louisville Courier-Journal on Friday and said he sees a lot of himself in Jackson. “Everything that you see him doing, you (saw) me do. Am I correct?” Vick said to the Courier-Journal. “He’s throwing touchdowns. You’re getting them through the air; you’re getting them on the ground. He’s making guys miss. He’s elusive. That’s everything I was when I was at Virginia Tech. And I was able to put together games where I was productive, and we won.”
Jackson threw for 411 yards, rushed for 199 and scored 6 total touchdowns last week against Syracuse.