Quarterback Lamar Jackson set to leave Louisville for NFL Draft

Gary B. Graves | The Associated Press

Lamar Jackson announced on Twitter that he will leave Louisville to enter the NFL Draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner.

The Cardinals junior quarterback tweeted Friday that he talked with his family before announcing the decision, which was confirmed by Louisville football spokesman Rocco Gasparro.

Jackson’s decision was somewhat expected after compiling statistics better in some areas than his Heisman-winning numbers as a sophomore. He finished third in this year’s Heisman voting.

MORE: After winning Heisman Trophy in 2016, Lamar Jackson looked even better in 2017

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Jackson thanked Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino, teammates and fans in the tweet. He writes “It has been nothing short of an honor to be a member of #CardsNation and to play for this university.”

Jackson’s full message can be seen here: 

RELATED: Jackson becomes third FBS player to reach at least 50 passing and rushing touchdowns

Jackson’s career stats:

Year Class Games Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
2015 FR 12 135 247 54.7 1,840 12 8
2016 SO 13 230 409 56.2 3,543 30 9
2017 JR 13 254 430 59.1 3,360 27 10

Year Class Games Attempts Yards Yards per carry Touchdowns
2015 FR 12 163 960 5.9 11
2016 SO 13 260 1,571 6.0 21
2017 JR 13 232 1,601 6.9 18

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