Despite having a 2-0 record against the Louisville Cardinals since they joined the ACC, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher knows beating Bobby Petrino’s team doesn’t come easy. The Cards held leads at halftime of both games against FSU in the past two years, but couldn’t hang on in the second half.
“Got a great team coming up in Louisville, very dynamic on both sides of the ball, playmakers, kicking game,” Fisher said during his weekly press conference in Tallahassee on Monday. “I mean, extremely well coached. You go from A to Z. They’re as good as there is around, so they do a great job. Got to get better, get ready for the challenge and get ready to roll.”
When mentioning just how good this Louisville team is, you’ve got to start with sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson who is statistically as good as anyone in the country two weeks into the 2016 college football season.
“He’s progressed so much more as a player in my opinion with his poise and his leadership, his passing skills and his reading,” Fisher said when asked about Lamar Jackson. “But you know we’ve played against him so we know what he’s like, but that doesn’t make it any easier. That guy is dynamic in all phases of the word. We’re going to have our hands full and we’ve got to contain, we’ve got to pressure and we’ve got to play Florida State football.”
Despite the second half collapse in Tallahassee last season, Jackson played well completing 20-of-35 passes for 307 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Jackson was a highly regarded recruit in regards to rankings. Rivals.com gave him four stars and ranked him as one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country. With that said, when it comes to scholarship offers, there are plenty of schools that missed out on Jackson. Florida State was one of them. Jimbo Fisher has a young talented quarterback in Dondre Francois, but I’d call him a liar if he said he’s take Francois over Jackson.<