Jayden Daniels
Daniels with Arizona State in 2019
LSU Tigers – No. 5
PositionQuarterback
ClassSenior
Personal information
Born: (2000-12-18) December 18, 2000 (age 23)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolCajon (San Bernardino)
Career highlights and awards

Jayden Daniels (born December 18, 2000) is an American football quarterback. He played college football at Arizona State and LSU, winning the Heisman Trophy and several other awards with the latter in 2023 after throwing for 3,800 yards and 40 touchdowns while rushing for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Early years

Daniels was born on December 18, 2000, in San Bernardino, California.[1] He was a four-star recruit out of Cajon High School in San Bernardino, being ranked second in the nation for dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2019 class.[2]

College career

Arizona State Sun Devils

Daniels committed to Arizona State on December 13, 2018.[3] He graduated early from Cajon in order to enroll at Arizona State in January 2019.[4] As a freshman, Daniels beat out starter Dillon Sterling-Cole in training camp, making him the first starting true freshman quarterback for the Sun Devils.[5][6] Daniels led the Sun Devils to victory against multiple ranked opponents including against #6 Oregon. For his performance against Oregon, Daniels was named Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week by the Pac-12.[7] Daniels was an honorable mention for the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.[8] He led the Sun Devils to a 20–14 victory at the 2019 Sun Bowl[9]

In a shortened 2020 season, Daniels started all 4 games, where he led the Sun Devils to a 2–2 record. In the Territorial Cup, Daniels finished the game with 2 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 296.8 in a 70–7 victory against Arizona.[10] In 2021 Daniels led the Sun Devils to a 8–5 record, but struggled passing the ball throwing 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.[11]

Prior to the 2021 season, the NCAA announced that Arizona State was under investigation due to multiple recruiting violations.[12] Pete Thamel reported that Daniels' mom allegedly paid more than $1,100 to give flights to recruits.[13] In 2022, Daniels transferred to Louisiana State University to play for the LSU Tigers.[14]

LSU Tigers

On November 11, 2023, Daniels passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns in a 52–35 win over the Florida Gators. He became the first player in FBS history to record at least 350 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same game.[15] On November 18 against the Georgia State Panthers, Daniels went 25–for–30 with 413 passing yards, 93 rushing yards, and eight total touchdowns.[16] Daniels won several awards in 2023, including the Heisman Trophy, becoming the third LSU player to win it behind Joe Burrow and Billy Cannon.[17] He opted out of the 2024 ReliaQuest Bowl after leading the Tigers to a 9–3 record and declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.[18]

Statistics

Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
Arizona State Sun Devils
2019 12 12 8–4 205 338 60.7 2,943 8.7 17 2 149.2 125 355 2.8 3
2020 4 4 2–2 49 84 58.3 701 8.3 5 1 145.7 33 223 6.8 4
2021 13 13 8–5 197 301 65.4 2,380 7.9 10 10 136.2 138 710 5.1 6
LSU Tigers
2022 14 14 10–4 266 388 68.6 2,913 7.5 17 3 144.5 186 885 4.8 11
2023 12 12 9–3 236 327 72.2 3,812 11.7 40 4 208.0 135 1,134 8.4 10
Career 55 55 37–18 953 1,438 66.3 12,749 8.9 89 20 158.4 617 3,307 5.4 34

Personal life

Daniels is a Christian.[19]

References

  1. ^ Gardner, Michelle (December 18, 2019). "Arizona State football: Jayden Daniels celebrates birthday and addition of receivers". Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Karpman, Chris (August 30, 2019). "Oklahoma-bound Spencer Rattler top-rated QB by 247Sports, Arizona State-bound Jayden Daniels No. 2". 247sports.com.
  3. ^ Obert, Richard (August 30, 2019). "Elite QB prospect Jayden Daniels commits to ASU". azcentral.com.
  4. ^ Gardner, Michelle (May 21, 2019). "Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels wins a top high school award". Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Harris, Jack (August 30, 2019). "True freshman Jayden Daniels wins QB job for Sun Devils". 247sports.com. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  6. ^ Gardner, Michelle (August 13, 2019). "True freshman Jayden Daniels named starting quarterback at Arizona State". USA Today. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Layman, Matt (November 25, 2019). "ASU's Jayden Daniels earns 2 Pac-12 honors after win over Oregon". Arizona Sports. Retrieved November 14, 2023.
  8. ^ Anderson, Jake (January 4, 2020). "By the numbers: Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels' freshman season". Arizona Sports. Retrieved November 14, 2023.
  9. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff. "Sun Bowl rewind: ASU forces six turnovers in 20–14 Sun Bowl win". The Arizona Republic.
  10. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff. "Rewind: ASU sets Territorial Cup scoring record in 70–7 rout of Arizona". The Arizona Republic.
  11. ^ Haller, Doug. "Jayden Daniels, NFL losses and lowered expectations: 10 Arizona State football predictions for 2022". The Athletic.
  12. ^ Sports, Arizona (June 16, 2021). "NCAA investigating ASU football over potential recruiting violations". Arizona Sports.
  13. ^ Thamel, Pete (June 24, 2021). "Dossier reveals extent of NCAA allegations against Arizona State football". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  14. ^ Druin, Donnie (April 16, 2022). "Daniels Explains Transfer to LSU: Why He Left Arizona State". SI.com. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  15. ^ Olson, Eric (November 13, 2023). "LSU's Jayden Daniels only FBS quarterback to pass for 350 and run for 200 in single game". AP News. Retrieved November 14, 2023.
  16. ^ "Daniels Scores 8 TD's in 56-14 Win Over Georgia State". lsusports.net. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  17. ^ Cobb, David (December 9, 2023). "2023 Heisman Trophy winner: LSU QB Jayden Daniels claims award becoming third Tigers player to receive honor". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  18. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "LSU's Jayden Daniels to enter NFL draft, skip bowl game". ESPN. Retrieved January 8, 2024.
  19. ^ Palin, Julia. "IN FOCUS: Jayden Daniels Has 'The Heart of a Champion'". lsusports.net. Retrieved December 11, 2023.