Jayden Daniels

American football player (born 2000)

American football player
NFL draft:2024 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2Career history
  • Washington Commanders (2024–present)
Roster status:Unsigned draft pickCareer highlights and awards Player stats at PFR

Jayden Daniels (born December 18, 2000) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Arizona State Sun Devils for three seasons before transferring to the LSU Tigers in 2022. Daniels won the Heisman Trophy in 2023 with a dual-threat playstyle leading all college players with 50 touchdowns (40 passing, 10 rushing) and nearly 5,000 total yards. He was selected by the Commanders second overall in the 2024 NFL draft.

Early life and high school

Daniels during his time attending Cajon High School, 2018

Daniels was born on December 18, 2000, in San Bernardino, California.[1][2] He grew up playing football, basketball, and soccer before attending Cajon High School in 2015.[1] Daniels was named the starter of Cajon's varsity team as a freshman and required medical approval to play due to entering high school undersized for the position at 150 pounds (68 kg).[3][4] In four seasons, he scored 211 touchdowns (170 passing, 41 rushing) and gained 17,642 yards (14,007 passing, 3,635 rushing).[1][5] He also ran track at Cajon, participating in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, and 4 × 100 metres relay.[6] Daniels was named the men's recipient of the Ken Hubbs Award, given annually the top high school athletes in San Bernardino, following a Citrus Belt League championship and state finals appearance as a senior in 2018.[a][5] He was rated as the top dual-threat quarterback prospect of the 2019 college football class by 247Sports and committed to play for the Sun Devils at Arizona State University (ASU). Daniels graduated from Cajon and enrolled at ASU in January 2019.[7][8]

College career

Arizona State (2019–2021)

Daniels with the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2019

Daniels, named the starter for the 2019 season, was the first freshman quarterback to start opening week for the Sun Devils.[9] He suffered a minor knee injury against the UCLA Bruins that forced him to miss a game.[10] Daniels threw for 17 touchdowns and 2,943 yards for the season, the latter being a school record for a freshman.[11] He led the team to a 8–4 record and was voted MVP of the 2019 Sun Bowl in a win over the Florida State Seminoles.[12] He was later named a semifinalist for the FWAA freshman of the year award.[13]

Daniels and the Sun Devils played only four games in the COVID-shortened 2020 season that included a 70–7 win against the Arizona Wildcats, the largest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry.[14] For the 2021 season, he led the Pac-12 in completion percentage (65.4) while throwing for 2,381 yards with 10 touchdowns and rushing for 710 yards with 6 touchdowns.[15] Daniels led the team to an appearance in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers before finishing with a record of 8–5.[16]

LSU (2022–2023)

Daniels (#5) is the only player in FBS history to pass for 350 yards while rushing for 200 in the same game, doing so against the Florida Gators in 2023.

In March 2022, Daniels transferred to Louisiana State University to play for the LSU Tigers.[17] He was named the starter over Garrett Nussmeier prior to the opening game of the 2022 season.[18] Daniels led the Tigers to a 9–3 record and an appearance in the 2022 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs.[19] Daniels, entering with a sprained ankle, left the game late in the second quarter following a sack by Jalen Carter.[b][19][20] He returned the following week for the 2023 Citrus Bowl, catching a touchdown pass from wide receiver Malik Nabers in a win over the Purdue Boilermakers.[c][21] He finished the season as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award after accounting for 28 touchdowns (17 passing, 11 rushing).[22][23][24]

In 2023, Daniels led the Tigers to a 9–3 record and won the Heisman Trophy after setting the NCAA single-season passer rating record (208.0) and leading all players with 50 touchdowns (40 passing, 10 rushing) and 4,946 total yards (3,812 passing, 1,134 rushing).[22][25] He was the third LSU player to win the Heisman behind Billy Cannon (1959) and Burrow (2019) and won several other player of the year awards.[25] Daniels suffered a head injury against the Alabama Crimson Tide[d] but returned the following week against the Florida Gators[e] and set a SEC record with 606 total yards, becoming the first player in FBS history to pass for 350 and run for 200 in single game.[26][27] He scored eight touchdowns the following week against the Georgia State Panthers.[f][28] Daniels sat out of the 2024 ReliaQuest Bowl to prepare for the 2024 NFL draft, finishing his college career with 16,057 total yards, the sixth-highest in FBS history and the only to pass for 12,000 yards while rushing for 3,000.[29][30]

Statistics

College statistics
Year School Games Passing Rushing
GP Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2019 Arizona State 12 8–4 205 338 60.7 2,943 8.7 17 2 149.2 125 355 2.8 3
2020 4 2–2 49 84 58.3 701 8.3 5 1 145.7 33 223 6.8 4
2021 13 8–5 197 301 65.4 2,381 7.9 10 10 136.2 138 710 5.1 6
2022 LSU 14 10–4 266 388 68.6 2,913 7.5 17 3 144.5 186 885 4.8 11
2023 12 9–3 236 327 72.2 3,812 11.7 40 4 208.0 135 1,134 8.4 10
Career 55 37–18 953 1,438 66.3 12,750 8.9 89 20 158.4 617 3,307 5.4 34

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 3+58 in
(1.92 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
Values from LSU's Pro Day[31][32]

Washington Commanders (2024–present)

Daniels was selected second overall by the Washington Commanders in the 2024 NFL draft.[33] He was one of six quarterbacks taken in the first round, tying the 1983 draft for the most in NFL history.[34]

Awards

Records

  • NCAA single-season passer rating record: 208.0 (2023)[25]
  • Only player in FBS history with 12,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing[30]
  • LSU career quarterback rushing yards: 2,019[43]
  • LSU single-season total offense: 4,946 (2023)[43]
  • LSU single-season quarterback rushing yards: 1,134 (2023)[43]
  • LSU single-season quarterback rushing touchdowns: 11 (2022)[43]
  • LSU single-game total touchdowns: 8, tied with Joe Burrow (2023)[28]
  • LSU single-game total yards: 606 (2023)[27]
    • Only player in FBS history to pass for 350+ and rush for 200+ in the same game[27]
  • Arizona State freshman passing yards: 2,943 (2019)[11]
  • CIF Southern Section passing touchdowns (170) and yards (14,007)[1]

Personal life

Daniels was born to Javon "Jay" Daniels, a college football cornerback in the 1990s for the Washington Huskies and Iowa State Cyclones, and Regina Jackson; he an older sister named Bianca.[4][46] His paternal grandparents died from COVID-19 in early 2021.[4] Daniels is a Christian.[47] In April 2024, Regina was found to have violated NCAA recruiting guidelines by booking $1,100 in flights for recruits to visit Arizona State during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.[48] His chose 5 as his uniform number after former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb.[49]

Daniels' favorite meal to prepare is spaghetti and other types of pasta, with his favorite snack being honey buns.[50] Daniels holds an undergraduate degree from Arizona State and pursued a Master of Liberal Arts degree at LSU.[51][52] In 2024, San Bernardino mayor Helen Tran declared January 20 as Jayden Daniels Day and presented him with the Key to the City.[53] Cajon High School also named their football stadium after him.[53]

Daniels signed name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals with brands such as Raising Cane's, Powerade, Beats by Dre, and Urban Outfitters while in college.[54][55][56] He will be featured on The Money Game, a NIL-focused docuseries by Prime Video that followed him, Angel Reese, Flau'jae Johnson, and Livvy Dunne through LSU's 2023-24 sports season.[57] Daniels began using virtual reality headsets for training during LSU's 2023 season; the software was custom built and incorporated their playbook and opposing team stadiums that assisted with road game preparation.[58]

Notes

  1. ^ The Cajon Cowboys lost 34–30
  2. ^ The Tigers lost 50–30
  3. ^ The Tigers won 63–7
  4. ^ The Tigers lost 42–28
  5. ^ The Tigers won 52–35
  6. ^ The Tigers won 56–14

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