I loathe the following Twitter account with every fiber of my being (see: actual text in the post). A necessary evil to share bleeped-out video of when Daniels’ ex-teammates were clearing out his locker at ASU:
Jayden Daniels’ Arizona State teammates after he announced his transfer:
“Clear his sh*t out. He sucks anyways.”
Since this statement was uttered, ASU has won 6 games and lost 18.
And there you go, at least there are some useful stats in there I don’t have to type out. People were angry at Daniels back in the day, failing to recognize just how dire the situation was around him. I mean, credit Daniels for developing and flourishing under Brian Kelly’s watch at LSU.
Good on you if you jumped on that, because he did, indeed, take home college football’s most coveted individual hardware by a rather comfortable margin.
Daniels beat out the likes of Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix and Marvin Harrison Jr. of Ohio State. Penix and Nix are really good quarterbacks. Harrison is perhaps the best wide receiver prospect to (presumably) enter the NFL Draft since Ja’Marr Chase.
1st Place Voting Breakdown in the Heisman Race:
Jayden Daniels: 503 Michael Penix Jr: 292 Bo Nix: 51 Marvin Harrison Jr: 20 Jordan Travis: 8 Jalen Milroe: 4 Blake Corum: 3 J.J. McCarthy: 1 Ollie Gordon II: 1 Cody Schrader: 1 pic.twitter.com/iYVCsZRAx5
The other three Heisman finalists had pretty phenomenal seasons. Daniels is the most lethal dual threat among the trio of QBs, though. It isn’t close. That was the X-factor that pushed him over the top, in my opinion.
Only one wide receiver has won since Desmond Howard in 1991, so Harrison was going to be hard-pressed to beat out any of the quarterbacks.
Say what you will if you want to make a case for anyone else. Daniels played in the SEC, dominated the competition for the vast majority of the season, and LSU only lost when the defense categorically failed.
Next for Daniels? We’ll see if he can push Caleb Williams or Drake Maye to be the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick. I think Daniels goes somewhere in the top 10 at least. You can’t be as productive as he’s been in 2023, have such an amazing all-around skill set, and not go early in the first round.
Jayden Daniels had one of the most electrifying seasons College Football has ever seen. That Kid Jayden is 1st in total offense, pass TDs, TDs responsible for, yards per pass attempt, yards per play, rushing yards by a QB and has the highest pass efficiency rating in FBS history. pic.twitter.com/eIaKlQULNr