In a stunning display of both aerial precision and ground dominance, LSU Quarterback Jayden Daniels has clinched the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Long hailed for his prowess on the run, Daniels showcased an equally formidable arm this season, amassing an impressive 40 touchdowns and achieving a stellar 72% pass completion rate. A far cry from the player that had his teammates at Arizona State saying "Clear his **** out, he sucks anyway", while cleaning his locker, after he transferred to LSU.
Jayden was not a horrible player at Arizona State. In fact, in 2019, he was threw for over 300 yards 5 times. While having two remarkable performances, one where he threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns. In that game he beat #6 Oregon 31-28 and finished the season beating Florida State 20-14 in the Sun Bowl. Jayden showed tons of potential at Arizona State. He cashed in on that potential with LSU.
Daniels' dual-threat capabilities were epitomized in a standout performance against Florida, a game now etched in Heisman lore. His 372 passing yards and 3 touchdowns were complemented by a jaw-dropping 234 rushing yards and 2 additional touchdowns. Drawing comparisons to former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, Daniels has solidified his status as a versatile offensive weapon.
This victory marks LSU's second consecutive Heisman triumph in the quarterback position, with Joe Burrow claiming the honor in 2019 before transitioning to the NFL. Daniels' achievement signals the university's continued prowess in cultivating top-tier quarterback talent.
Looking ahead, Daniels' draft stock has soared, positioning him as a potential top-five pick in a draft brimming with quarterback talent, including notable prospects Caleb Williams, Michael Penix, and Drake Maye. As NFL teams prepare for the upcoming draft, Daniels' multifaceted skill set and Heisman-winning pedigree make him a coveted asset, capable of leaving an indelible mark on the professional stage.