July 22, 2024

Former LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, now in the NFL after being drafted second overall by the Washington Commanders, continues to receive collegiate honors. On Tuesday, he was named the SEC Male Athlete of the Year.

Daniels is the second consecutive LSU player to receive this award, following baseball star Dylan Crews. He is the seventh LSU athlete to win this accolade, joining Florida distance runner Parker Valby, who was named SEC Female Athlete of the Year.

“The SEC is pleased to honor Parker and Jayden as this year’s Roy F. Kramer Athletes of the Year,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey stated. “It takes an exceptional level of discipline and commitment to achieve at the highest level of competition, a level that has been reached by Parker and Jayden with the consistency necessary to be called the best of the best. These young people are great examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference.”

Daniels had an outstanding final college football season in 2023, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the nation in most quarterback statistics. He was a consensus All-American and earned multiple awards, including SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, and Sporting News Player of the Year. Additionally, he won the Davey O’Brien, Manning, and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards.

Daniels had a remarkable two-year stint at LSU after transferring from Arizona State, especially in his final season, which is considered one of the best by an SEC quarterback. He has been recognized accordingly for his exceptional performance.

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