In a Saturday night showcase that will be remembered for years, Louisiana State University quarterback Jayden Daniels carved his name into college football history, further solidifying his standing as a leading Heisman Trophy contender.
Daniels, in a breathtaking display of athleticism and precision, led the Tigers to a resounding 56-14 victory over Georgia State, a performance that resonates beyond the echoes of the stadium. Daniels' statistical line from the game reads like a page out of a fantasy football playbook.
Completing an astounding 25 of 30 passes, he amassed 413 yards through the air, accompanied by six touchdown passes. Not content with just aerial dominance, Daniels also dazzled on the ground, rushing for 96 yards and adding two more touchdowns to his already impressive tally.
This stellar performance etched Daniels' name alongside some of the most revered figures in college football history. He became just the second player in the storied history of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.
This feat places him in the esteemed company of Johnny Manziel, who achieved the same in 2012.
Daniels Joins Elite Club
However, Daniels' entry into the "3K-1K Club" – an exclusive group of players who have passed for 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season – is perhaps even more telling of his unique talents.
This club, featuring luminaries like Vince Young, Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts, underscores the rarity of his achievement. As the college football season progresses, Daniels' Heisman Trophy campaign continues to gather momentum.
His latest performance not only cements his status as one of the top players in the nation but also significantly boosts his chances of being invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City on December 10.
Daniels' journey is not just about breaking records; it's about redefining the quarterback role in college football. His dual-threat capability, combining a sharp passing acumen with explosive running ability, makes him a nightmare for defenses and a delight for football purists. As LSU marches forward, all eyes will be on Daniels, a player who is not just making history, but re-writing it.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 19, 2023