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Heisman Winner Lamar Jackson Progressing As Passer, Bobby Petrino Says

Could Lamar Jackson, winner of the 2016 Heisman Trophy, get even better? Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino says his star quarterback is making strides as a passer this spring.

Jackson put up monster numbers during his Heisman Trophy season, but not everyone was enamored with all parts of his game. One ACC coach told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel that Jackson has "no chance" of being an NFL quarterback, based on his ability to read coverages and make accurate throws.

Jackson shrugged off that criticism at the time, but this spring, that is exactly what he's working on. And Bobby Petrino says he's making "huge strides" in those departments.

From the Courier-Journal:

"This week in practice, he's made a huge stride in reading coverages, going through progressions and taking a lot of pride in doing it," the coach said. "After every play, he's wanting to make sure that he did the right thing in seeing the safeties, seeing the rotations and seeing the coverages. I think that's one of the things that's so fun about coaching Lamar is that really wants to improve, he really loves to be coached and he has such a great attitude."

Everyone knows Jackson can run. He went for 1,571 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground last year, and ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at Louisville's team "speed day" this off-season. This spring, Jackson isn't breaking the pocket, and instead focusing on his abilities as a pocket passer.

Last year, Jackson threw for 3,543 yards, 30 touchdowns, and nine interceptions, completing just over 56-percent of his passes.