Lamar Jackson could do what no Palm Beach County player ever has

 

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.

SYRACUSE, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals warms up before the game against the Syracuse Orange on September 9, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, NY – Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals warms up before the game against the Syracuse Orange on September 9, 2016 at The Carrier Dome. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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

[Dolphins’ most recent playoff season started out 0-2, so simmer down]

[Anthem protest by Dolphins players unwelcome on 9/11 or any other day]

[Nate Silver’s vaunted prediction team sees last-place finish for Dolphins]