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ASU Football: Jayden Daniels named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

Preseason honors

Arizona v Arizona State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Arizona State sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels has been named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, which is an honor that goes out to the nation’s best college quarterback.

Daniels was one of 30 quarterbacks on the list, and the award is the most prestigious national quarterback award.

In his freshman campaign, Daniels started in all but one game, compiling 2,943 yards and 17 touchdowns. Daniels only had two interceptions, which marked the lowest total in school history by a Sun Devil quarterback with 300 or more attempts.

At the end of the season, the ASU signal-caller was named an ESPN Freshman All-American. He helped lead the program to an eight-win season and had five games with 300+ yards passing, which tied Rudy Carpenter and Andrew Walter for the most in a single season for Sun Devil quarterbacks.

Daniels had his ups and downs, but his signature moments included game-winning touchdown drives in the fourth quarter against No. 18 Michigan State and Washington State.

And of course, the biggest highlight came in the national spotlight when Daniels threw for over 400 yards with three touchdowns to upset No. 6 Oregon on primetime.

Among a few other notable names in college football who were on the watch list, Daniels is listed with names like Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Kedon Slovis (USC), Ian Book (Notre Dame), Brock Purdy (Iowa State), and former Sun Devil Brady White, who is now at Memphis.