University of Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Jaire Alexander were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason football team on Wednesday.
The Pompano Beach, Fla., native, Jackson received a league-high 132 votes. He and Alexander were only two of 13 players in the conference to receive over 100 votes.
Earlier this week, Jackson was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. He has collected three additional and highly notable preseason distinctions. He is on the preseason watch lists for the 81st Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Davey O’Brien Award (top college quarterback), and the Danny Wuerffel Trophy (college football’s premier award for community service).
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson had an outstanding sophomore campaign in which he averaged 393.4 yards per game of total offense and accounted for 51 touchdowns, both ACC single-season records. His 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback.
Jackson became was the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy. He was named the 2016 National College Football Player of the Year by the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp, the Sporting News, and CBS Sports.
Alexander also has received plenty of preseason attention. He is on the Paul Hornung, Jim Thorpe, Chuck Bednarik, and Bronko Nagurski watch lists.
The Charlotte, N.C., native, Alexander is widely considered one of the most versatile performers, excelling as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks and punt returners.
On defense, Alexander started all 13 games in 2016, earning second-team all-ACC honors. He led the team with five interceptions, including two against Clemson and two more versus Virginia. The Charlotte, N.C., native also had 39 tackles and one forced fumble.
The Cardinals open the season versus Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.