Lamar Jackson's breakout into a Heisman Trophy favorite on the field has also required coming out of his shell when he's away from it.
Finding a comfort zone remains a work in progress for Louisville's sophomore quarterback, who on Monday was selected as a finalist for the award given to college football's best player. Flattered by being mentioned as the Heisman favorite since early September, Jackson has answered queries about his trophy prospects in soft-spoken tones.
He has always deferred to helping the No. 16 Cardinals (9-3) win a national championship, a scenario now out of the question after back-to-back losses, and talked about his team rather than himself.