Perhaps the most shocking of all the rankings is Lamar Jackson coming into Louisville as the eigth best quarterback. Ironically enough he wore number 8 for the Cardinals and would go on to have it retired and earn himself his own street behind Cardinal Stadium with a speed limit of 8 miles per hour.
A product of Boynton Beach Community High School, the 6-foot-3 Jackson came into Louisville as a member of the Class of 2015 with a three-star rating and an overall composite score of 0.8788. But, his production on the field proved that he was able to play even as a true freshman.
In his freshman season, he threw for 12 touchdowns and rushed for 11 touchdowns. His lucky number must be the number 8 because he also threw for eight interceptions. Leaving the program after his junior season, Jackson finished with 9,043 passing yards, 4,132 rushing yards, 69 passing touchdowns, and 50 rushing touchdowns. One could argue that he is the greatest quarterback in Louisville history or at least the most recognizable quarterback in Louisville history as he is now the face of the Baltimore Ravens organization.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a star at Trinity High School, Reggie Bonnafon joined the Cardinals as a member of the Class of 2014 with a three-star rating and an overall composite score of 0.8801.
The 6-foot-3 dual threat quarterback was a unique weapon for the Louisville offense. He not only played quarterback, but even returned some punts in his final season as a Cardinal and recorded a tackle. Bonnafon was a Swiss army knife for the Cardinals and was a weapon in multiple facets on the field. He was able to translate his production at Trinity over to the collegiate field fairly easily it seems.
After four seasons, Bonnafon’s stat sheet was filled with numbers:
- 1,056 passing yards
- 7 passing touchdowns
- 805 rushing yards
- 12 rushing touchdowns
- 446 receiving yards
- 6 receiving touchdowns
- 12 punt returns for 81 yards