Los Angeles star Jaden Daniels’ Heisman Trophy campaign extends to Las Vegas, but the Tigers won’t even play a game in the city.
Instead, on Friday night, his two rivals, Oregon State quarterback Bo Nix and Washington State quarterback Michael Penix Jr., will compete for one of college football’s most prestigious honors. This is the place to compete.
Daniels’ pace was printed on a billboard at Interstate 15 and Flamingo Road, and it’s unclear whether the football program or university sponsored the effort that read “That Kid Jaden,” but the football account I posted a photo on X He asked fans to check the sign.
“The best player in college football,” the account wrote in the post.
After the final weekend of the regular season, the Post’s Zach Braziler ranked Daniels as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, ranking him ahead of the Knicks, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., Penix, and Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe. He held off Junior, but cited Daniels and LSU. , with a 9-3 record and no chance of making the College Football Playoff.
Daniels ran for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns in 12 games and added an additional 1,134 net rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Daniels spent his first three collegiate seasons at Arizona State before transferring to the Tigers in 2022 and helping LSU reach the SEC title game and defeat Purdue in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl last year.
“I threw four touchdown passes against that defense and put up 42 points, so it definitely can’t hurt,” LSU head coach Brian Kelly said Nov. 25 in a win over Texas A&M. He told reporters afterwards. According to the Associated Press. And obviously acting the way he did, I think he strengthened his Heisman case. ”
However, the Tigers lost three games to Florida State, Ole Miss, and Alabama, dropping them to third place in the SEC West behind the Rebels and Crimson Tide.
It’s unclear how the position at the end of the season will affect Daniel’s chances of winning the Heisman, but a win in Friday’s Pac-12 title game could put either Knicks or Penix in their respective positions to earn a CFP berth. It will keep the program alive.
Nix, who started his career at Auburn and transferred to Oregon for the 2022 season, has thrown for 3,906 yards, 37 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while also starting at Indiana before joining the Huskies. Penix Jr. has tossed for 3,899 yards. 32 and 8 respectively.