This past Saturday, LSU’s Jayden Daniels won the 2023 Heisman trophy. The trophy has made Daniels College football’s most vaunted individual award. Daniels beat out fellow finalists, including Oregon Quarterback Bo Nix, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., and Washington Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. Daniels earned 2,029 points. Penix finished second with 1,701, with Nix and Harrison coming in third and fourth with 885 and 352 points, respectively.

After Daniels transferred from Arizona State in 2022, he led the Tigers to an incredible 10-4 mark, throwing 2,913 yards and getting 29 touchdowns! In 2023, Daniels finished the regular season 9-3, becoming college football’s most dangerous dual-threat QB. Daniels is the third LSU player to win the Heisman trophy. Joe Burrow won it in 2019, while Billy Cannon got it in 1959. Like Daniels, Nix and Penix started at one school and then transferred to another. Penix moved from Indiana to Washington, while Nix left Auburn for Oregon.

The 22-year-old finished the season at LSU with 3,812 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Daniels led the nation with total offense, i.e., 4,946 yards in 12 games. With a 209.01 passer rating, Daniels is holding the NCAA record. When his name was called, Daniels dropped his head to savor the moment. Although he was the favorite to win the award, Daniels said that he was relieved when his name was called, and everything was official. He went on to thank everyone, including the groundskeeper and cafeteria workers.

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