I promise not to turn this into a weekly update, but based on a remarkable early-season run of domination USA Today is listing Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson as the top contender for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.
That will catch America’s attention Saturday when the Cardinals play Florida State, two top dogs contending with Clemson for the ACC Atlantic Division.
Jackson is of particular interest here, though, because he played at Boynton Beach High School and is a candidate to become the first Palm Beach County athlete to win the Heisman.
Brad Banks of Glades Central High School has come the closest. He was the runnerup to USC’s Carson Palmer in the 2002 voting. A star quarterback at Iowa, Banks beat Palmer for the Davey O’Brien Award and also was voted AP Player of the Year and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
Here are the six times Palm Beach County athletes have finished in the top 10 of Heisman voting.
Finish Player School Yr Heisman winner
2nd Brad Banks Glades Central 2002 Carson Palmer
4th Anthony Carter Suncoast 1982 Herschel Walker
6th Tre Mason Park Vista 2013 Jameis Winston
7th Anthony Carter Suncoast 1981 Marcus Allen
T8 Craig Erickson Newman 1990 Ty Detmer
10th Anthony Carter Suncoast 1980 George Rogers