LSU’s Jayden Daniels secured the coveted Heisman Trophy for the second consecutive year won by a transfer quarterback and the fifth in the past seven years. His remarkable performance and exceptional statistical accomplishments propelled him to victory at the prestigious Heisman Trophy ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Jayden Daniels Makes History as Heisman Winner:
Recording a staggering 4,946 yards of total offence—3,812 passing yards and 1,134 rushing yards—alongside 50 total touchdowns during this season, Daniels’ outstanding contributions on the field set him apart. His stellar performance earned him 503 first-place votes and a total of 2,029 points, edging out fellow transfer quarterbacks Michael Penix Jr. from Washington (292 first-place votes, 1,701 total points) and Oregon’s Bo Nix (51 first-place votes, 885 total points). Additionally, Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. secured 20 first-place votes, amassing 352 points, while Florida State’s Jordan Travis claimed the fifth position with eight first-place votes, totalling 85 points.
Expressing his delight, Jayden Daniels conveyed that winning the Heisman was a lifelong dream come true. He attributed his success to his teammates’ unwavering support and hard work, acknowledging their dedication as a source of inspiration throughout his journey from Arizona State to LSU.
Hailing from San Bernardino, California, the 22-year-old quarterback marked a historical feat as the first player since 2016 to clinch the Heisman as a team member not playing for a conference title. Despite LSU’s absence from the conference championship, Daniels’ exceptional prowess and leadership on the field were undeniable.
Demonstrating prowess both as a passer and a runner, Daniels showcased remarkable achievements, leading in QBR (95.7), yards per attempt (11.7), passing touchdowns (40), and completions of 20 yards or more (70). His completion rate of 72.2% ranked seventh nationally, while his average total offensive yards per game (412.2) topped the charts by a margin of 74 yards over his closest competitor.
In addition to his passing abilities, Jayden Daniels exhibited remarkable prowess as a rusher, ranking among the top performers in yards per game among running backs and securing the fourth position in rushing yards per attempt in the FBS. His continuous improvement as a runner, notably tripling his rushing yards from 2019 to 2023, underscored his dedication and versatility as an athlete.
Beginning his collegiate journey as a four-star recruit from Cajon High School, Daniels committed to Arizona State in 2018. His tenure at ASU featured notable highs and lows, including a freshman campaign that displayed his potential with 2,943 yards and 17 touchdowns, juxtaposed against challenging seasons marked by interceptions and NCAA investigations into potential recruiting violations.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 season at ASU, Daniels announced his transfer to LSU, where he made an immediate impact under the guidance of newly appointed head coach Brian Kelly. Despite leading LSU to nine wins and the SEC Championship Game in his inaugural season, Jayden Daniels faced the challenge of attaining further success in the subsequent year, unable to propel LSU beyond nine regular-season victories, falling short of the conference championship yet again.
Despite LSU’s team performance, Daniels’ exceptional statistics and groundbreaking achievements set a new standard. His accolades as only the second player in FBS history to achieve 40 pass touchdowns, 10 rush scores, and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, alongside being the first to amass 12,000 career passing and 3,000 career rushing yards, validate his Heisman honour as a culmination of his career accomplishments.
In a notable feat, Jayden Daniels joins the ranks of past Heisman recipients, becoming the third LSU player to claim the prestigious trophy, following the footsteps of Billy Cannon in 1959 and Joe Burrow in 2019. Moreover, his victory extends the streak of quarterbacks securing the award for the third consecutive and seventh time in the past eight years.
The Heisman Trophy remains a testament to Jayden Daniels’ exceptional talent, dedication, and historic contributions to collegiate football.