2023 Heisman Trophy: Louisiana State University quarterback Jayden Daniels named winner

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2023 Heisman Trophy: Louisiana State University quarterback Jayden Daniels named winner


Louisiana State University quarterback Jayden Daniels was named the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night.

One of four finalists, Daniels beat out fellow quarterbacks Bo Nix of Oregon and Michael Penix Jr. of Washington, as well as Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. to win football’s most coveted individual award university.

Daniels joined LSU after transferring from Arizona State University in 2022. He is the third player in school history to win this award and the first since Joe Burrow in 2019.

“It’s a dream come true,” Daniels said after his victory, thanking his coaches, teammates and family, and telling his fellow finalists he looked forward to seeing them on Sunday.

The 22-year-old finished his senior season at LSU with 3,812 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and four interceptions, while adding 1,134 rushing yards and 10 more rushing touchdowns.

En route to a Heisman Trophy-winning season, Daniels, among other things, led the nation in total offense with 4,946 yards in 12 games, as well as an NCAA-record 208.01 passer rating.

In November, the San Bernardino, Calif., native became the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 350 yards and rush for more than 200 yards in a single game, following a victory against Florida. In the game, he set the record for total offense with 606 yards, including 234 rushing yards and 372 passing yards.

Daniels followed his record-breaking night by tying the school record for most touchdowns in a game a week later when he recorded eight touchdowns, six passing and two rushing, in a win over Georgia State.

With his 50 touchdowns this season, Daniels etched his name as one of only five players in SEC history to accomplish the feat, joining Burrow (63), Florida’s Tim Tebow (55), Cam Newton of ‘Auburn (51) and Alabama’s Bryce Young (50) – all of whom were named Heisman Trophy winners.

In addition to the Heisman Trophy, Daniels was also named the winner of the 2023 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, AP College Football Player of the Year, Walter Camp and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Awards following the season in which he led the team. No. 13 Tigers to 9-3 record and a berth in the 2024 ReliaQuest Bowl.

The Heisman is the pinnacle of individual achievement for a college football player. From legendary quarterbacks like Matt Leinart and Roger Staubach to explosive running backs like Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders, the list of Heisman Trophy winners reads like the who’s who of college football.

Here’s everything you need to know about the other 2023 finalists.

A career in football was always a possibility for Marvin Harrison Jr. given who his father was.

His father is Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and the youngster carried the family label of “explosive, dominant wide receiver” with aplomb.

The six-foot-four, 21-year-old had a successful 2023 campaign, finishing with 1,211 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns – he is tied for second across the country for most touchdown receptions .

In his three seasons with the Buckeyes, he was one of the most productive pass-catching weapons in all of college football, propelling himself to lofty status in the program’s history books.

According to Ohio State, Harrison Jr. is sixth all-time in receptions (155), sixth in receiving yards (2,613), first in 100-yard games (15) and third in touchdowns (31) in the history of the program.

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Harrison Jr. runs into the end zone for a touchdown during Ohio State’s game against the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

On Friday, he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award – given to the best wide receiver in college football – and has already received the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Wide Receiver of the Year gongs.

He is the first player to have multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons for Ohio State. His eight-game touchdown streak and eight 100-yard rushing games this season are both school records.

Had Harrison Jr. won Saturday night, he would have been the eighth Heisman winner in Ohio State history, giving the Buckeyes the most in college football.

Although he appears to remain undecided on whether to enter the 2024 NFL Draft, Harrison Jr. has established himself as the cream of the crop among wide receivers in the college game.

Bo Nix climaxed at the last moment.

In his fifth and final season of eligibility as a member of the Oregon Ducks, Nix had his best season to date, leading his program to an 8th-ranked finish with an 11-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl berth against the Liberty Flames. .

In his second year with Oregon, the 23-year-old quarterback leads the nation with his 77.2% completion percentage, meaning he’s within reach of Mac Jones’ single-game record NCAA season mark of 77.4% which he set in 2020 with one final game. remaining.

Nix ranks second nationally in most passing statistics in college football – including passing yards per game, passing yards, passer rating and total touchdowns – as he finishes “one of the greatest seasons in program history,” according to the Oregon website.

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Nix looks to move on against Washington in the first half of the Pac-12 Championship.

Nix’s Heisman nomination was the culmination of a career as an experienced college football player after transferring from Auburn to Oregon.

Although Nix – the most experienced starting quarterback in NCAA history with 60 career starts – only played two seasons with Oregon, he ranks third in program history in receiving touchdowns in career passing touchdowns (69), third in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (20), fifth. in completions (630), fifth in passing yards (7,738) and the Heisman runner-up is tied for seventh in wins (21).

He was looking to become the second member of the Ducks to win the award after Marcus Mariota in 2014.

Yet another transfer student – ​​arriving from Indiana in late December 2021 – Michael Penix Jr. has helped lead the Washington Huskies on a remarkable charge.

The Huskies finished with a 13-0 record, the Pac-12 championship under their belt and a berth in the College Football Playoff, where they will face the Texas Longhorns on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl.

All the while, Penix Jr. led from the front, running the team’s offense with his big arm, finishing as the nation’s leader in passing yards. Penix Jr. finished with 4,218 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns in 2023.

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Penix Jr. throws to pass in the Pac-12 championship game against Oregon.

He is 24-2 in his two seasons as the team’s starter as he looks to give Washington its third national title ever.

Penix Jr. hoped to become the first Heisman Trophy winner in Washington history. He joins Steve Emtman – who finished fourth in the 1991 voting – as the only Huskies to be named a finalist.

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