The dual-threat star, who compiled more than 4,900 total yards of offense this season, landed the award over three talented finalists — Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.
Daniels received 503 first-place votes to edge out Penix (292) in the closest Heisman vote since 2018, when Oklahoma‘s Kyler Murray beat Alabama‘s Tua Tagovailoa for the award. Nix received 51 first-place votes, while Harrison landed 20.
Daniels is the second LSU signal-caller to win the Heisman since 2019, when Joe Burrow was honored. Burrow led that LSU team to an undefeated record and national championship, something that stood out over the 2023 Tigers, who went just 9-3.
But Daniels’ dynamism on the field won out, as he passed for 3,812 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just four interceptions, while compiling another 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. His rushing total ranked 22nd in the nation.
Daniels was named AP Player of the Year on Thursday, then added Walter Camp Player of the Year, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (top upperclassman quarterback) and the Davey O’Brien Award (best QB) to his trophy case on Friday.
Penix, who led the nation in passing yards this season with 4,218, won the Maxwell Award (player of the year) on Friday, while Nix won the Campbell Trophy (academic Heisman) and Harrison won the Belitnikoff Award (outstanding receiver).
TOP MOMENTS FROM THE NIGHT
Penix wins jacket of the night, as Washington’s quarterback had the names of his teammates and coaches printed on the inside.
Nix talked to former Heisman winner Tim Tebow about why he decided to leave Auburn for Oregon.
Harrison received an emotional greeting from Buckeyes receivers coach Brian Hartline.
Speaking of greetings, Daniels received a very special phone call from an LSU Heisman winner. “Jayden, it’s Joe.”
The four finalists all looked sharp hanging out with the trophy ahead of the ceremony.
Our writers took time to state the case for each finalist to win the award.
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