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Lamar Jackson 2106 Sports Figure of the Year

Lamar Jackson was named 2016 Sports Figure of the Year

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named 2016 Sports Figure of the Year by the Lexington Herald-Leader Wednesday night.

A total of 157 members of the sports media voted and Jackson received 1,680 first votes, followed in second by Tyler Ulis with 639 votes.

My ballot was submitted as follows:

(1) Lamar Jackson
“Clearly the most talented football player in Kentucky who also ended being the best player in the nation, a feat no only football player in the state has ever achieved, signifying the magnitude of his accomplishment.”

(2) Tyler Ulis
“Although small in stature, Ulis stood tall and carried the Wildcats on his shoulder and was the main reason Kentucky accomplished great things during an average season.”

(3) Karl-Anthony Towns
“It’s no surprise that Towns was named NBA’s top rookie in his first season in the league. In his lone season with the Wildcats, all he did was win and was an integral part of a team that ran the table during the regular season for the first time in school history.”

(4) Mark Stoops
“Stoops was on the hot seat after two games and the turnaround he engineered helped steer the Wildcats to the postseason for the first time in six years. In the midst of adversity, Stoops ignored the noise and weathered the storm.”

(5) DeMarcus Cousins
“DeMarcus is thriving at the next level and in a league fit for his skills and personality. Making the All-Star game for the second year in a row and winning a gold medal in one season is a pretty big accomplishment.”

(6) Kelsi Worrell
“A star in the pool, whose accomplishments went without notice. A swimmer who has a bright future on the big stage.”

(7) Whitney Creech
“Of all the prep players who have played in this state, none of them scored more than 5,000 points, a feat that Creech accomplished, all while averaging 50.3 points per game.”

(8) Justin Thomas
“A rising star on the PGA Tour and a name to watch out for in the immediate future.”

(9) Angel McCoughty
“Winning one goal medal is a big accomplishment. Winning two is an even bigger feat and that’s exactly what the former Louisville standout did that season.”

(10) Neal Brown
“Brown not only led Troy to a 10-3 season and a 28-23 win over Ohio in the Dollar General Bowl, but his Trojans nearly beat eventual national champion Clemson, dropping a 30-24 decision to the Tigers during the second week of the regular season.”

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