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2023 Heisman Trophy Finalist: LSU’s Jayden Daniels

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Louisiana State Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels is one of four finalists for the 2023 Heisman Trophy. Daniels will be in New York City on Saturday for the presentation at the Lincoln Center.

Other finalists include Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix, Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels throws the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during a game
Jayden Daniels throws the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during a game (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Daniels is the betting favorite to win the award. He took the lead on Saturday after Nix and his Ducks team was defeated by Penix Jr. and his Huskies team in the final Pac-12 Conference Championship game in Las Vegas.

He could become just the third Tigers player to win the award. And just the second quarterback in program history.

Running Back Billy Cannon won the award in 1959. Then, quarterback Joe Burrow won in 2019.

Daniels is like Burrow, as they were both transfers who landed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a former Arizona State Sun Devils transfer.

Burrow transferred from the Ohio State University.

Daniels has had a monstrous season. He has gone 236 of 327 for 3,812 yards. He has had 40 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Plus, he has had 135 carries for 1,134 yards and 10 additional touchdowns.

His best performance of the season came on September 30th when he went 27 of 36 for 414 yards in a loss to the Ole Miss Rebels. He also had four touchdowns in the contest.

His worst performance of the season came when he was knocked out of the contest in November against the Alabama Crimson Tide. He suffered a head injury near the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Daniels went 15 of 24 for 219 yards before the injury. He also had two touchdown passes and an interception in the game.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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