On the eve of the Heisman Trophy ceremony, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels picked up two more pieces of hardware to add to his 2023 awards.
After a quick stop in Baltimore to pick up his Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Daniels made it to New York to partake in the College Football Awards Show and walked away with both the Davey O’Brien and the Walter Camp awards. For reasons that remain unclear to me, Daniels was named a Walter Camp second-team All-American despite winning the Walter Camp group’s own award.
The Davey O’Brien is given out to the top quarterback in the country, while the Walter Camp is one of three most outstanding player awards along with the Maxwell and of course the Heisman. Washington quarterback Michael Penix won the Maxwell which sets up some drama heading into tonight’s Heisman ceremony.
8 of the last 9 Maxwell winners also won the Heisman.— AJ Hoffman (@AJIsTheReal) December 9, 2023
Also, 7 of the last 9 Walter Camp winners (Daniels) won the Heisman.
Odds have shortened on Penix. Daniels still favored. https://t.co/drsb7kQhYA
24 hours ago I was confident that Daniels was winning the Heisman. That confidence is a bit shaken with Penix taking the Maxwell. Joe Burrow won the 2019 Heisman in the biggest runaway ever, tonight’s race between Daniels and Penix feels like the polar opposite.
Speaking of drama, Malik Nabers fell one vote shy of winning the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best receiver. Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. won the award instead.
The Heisman Ceremony begins at 7:00 P.M. and can be watched on ESPN.