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Jayden Daniels Named Heisman Trophy Finalist

Daniels is off to New York

LSU Football

That Kid is going to New York.

The Heisman Trust announced the four finalists for the award Monday evening and LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is headed to New York this weekend along with Oregon’s Bo Nix, Washington’s Michael Penix and Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr.

Daniels leads the country in basically any offensive category you can think of. He’s tops in total yards (4,946), total touchdowns (50), passing touchdowns (40), plays of 20+ yards (90), yards per passing attempt (11.7), yards per play (10.7), rushing yards among quarterbacks (1,134), and yards per carry among all players (8.4). He’s also got a 200.8 passer rating which is a new NCAA record.

Daniels is trying to become the program’s third Heisman winner with Billy Cannon winning in 1959 and Joe Burrow doing the same in 2019. LSU’s had a few other players finish in the top-10 of the Heisman voting. They are listed below in chronological order:

  • Billy Cannon, 1958 (3rd)
  • Jerry Stovall, 1962 (2nd)
  • Bert Jones, 1972 (4th)
  • Charles Alexander, 1977 (9th)
  • Charles Alexander, 1978 (5th)
  • Glenn Dorsey, 2007 (9th)
  • Tyrann Mathieu, 2011 (5th)
  • Leonard Fournette, 2015 (5th)

LSU went 60 years between its first and second Heisman trophy winners. This time around it’s only going to take four years for the program to win its third Heisman. And considering that two LSU quarterbacks are going to win Heismans in a four-year span is incredible. Baton Rouge used to be a quarterback graveyard and now it’s Valhalla.

The presentation ceremony is this Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 P.M. and will be carried on ESPN.