Louisville forbids Heisman hopeful Jackson from signing autographs

Louisville‘s Lamar Jackson has taken the college football world by storm this season, even in defeat.

However, due to his meteoric rise, Louisville has banned Jackson and other student-athletes from signing autographs due to NCAA eligibility concerns, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.

While there is no evidence that the Heisman hopeful has been paid in any form, the school isn’t taking any chances in a potential violation of NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1.

“We decided to take this measure as more of a proactive approach to protect the eligibility of our student-athletes,” said Louisville spokesperson said in a statement to ESPN. “Furthermore, certain steps needed to be taken to insure that third parties were not benefiting commercially on the signatures of the student-athletes.”

Back in 2013, Texas A&M‘s Johnny Manziel was accused of signing autographs in return for $7,500. The following season, then Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended four games for receiving $3,000 for the same offense.

Jackson has put up huge numbers through five games, throwing for 1625 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for 688 yards and 14 scores.

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