Lee Corso: Lamar Jackson should return, would be Heisman favorite

Lee Corso: Lamar Jackson should return, would be Heisman favorite

Lee Corso: Lamar Jackson should return, would be Heisman favorite

The Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Louisville Cardinals 31-27 in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl. Thompson struggled with his accuracy against Ole Miss, but that shouldn't come as a surprise given his lack of experience. But make no mistake, Jackson is a dynamic threat that has accounted for 4,932 yards and 42 touchdowns this year. Williams is now just 47 yards shy of tying Anthony Dixon for 10th place in MSU single-season history.

Louisville: Coach Bobby Petrino likely will have to replace Jackson, which will be no easy task. Louisville's 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson had 158 yards rushing, but threw a career-high four interceptions, including one on a crucial fourth-quarter drive with Louisville (8-5) down 31-27.

He led Louisville to a 9-4 (7-1 ACC) record while throwing for 3,543 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 230-of-409 passing, as well as rushing for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns on 260 attempts.

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Mississippi State: Senior left tackle Martinas Rankin, expected to be the team's highest draft pick, sprained an ankle and was ruled out for the game. West Virginia's Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Jackson plans to announce whether he will enter the National Football League draft or return for his senior season sometime after the bowl game.

For new Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, this game is incredibly encouraging for the future of the Bulldogs program. Jackson joins former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick as the only players to accomplish the feat. He also broke his own school records for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage. The A-Train averages 4.6 yards per carry and has rushed for five scores this season. He also has a rushing score, so that playing experience could be beneficial, especially considering the Cardinals open next season against perennial power Alabama in nearby Orlando on September 1.

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