No. 13 LSU (10-3) secured a remarkable comeback victory against Wisconsin (7-6) in the ReliaQuest Bowl, marking their second New Year's Day bowl win in a row. Despite the absence of the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner, Jayden Daniels, quarterback Garrett Nussmeier stole the show with an impressive 395-yard, three-touchdown passing performance.
Daniels, who decided to forego the bowl game to focus on the upcoming NFL Draft, expressed his admiration for Nussmeier's play. He commended the young quarterback's dedication and growth, stating that he was proud of his success.
Throughout the season, Daniels garnered several individual accolades, including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, and the Davey O'Brien award. He also earned recognition as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
Having led the nation in total offense, touchdown passes, and rushing touchdowns, Daniels displayed his exceptional skills as a dual-threat quarterback. He threw for 3,812 yards, completed 236-of-327 passes with only four interceptions, and rushed for 1,134 yards on 135 carries.
As a finalist for the Manning Award, Daniels joins the ranks of former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel as the only player in SEC history to surpass 3,500 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. The recipient of the Manning Award will be announced after the conclusion of the bowl season and the College Football Playoffs championship game.
While Daniels appreciates the personal accolades and relishes in LSU's bowl win, he looks forward to focusing on his professional football career. With the NFL Draft on the horizon, Daniels aims to shift gears and prepare for the next chapter of his football journey.
It has been a remarkable season for Daniels, filled with blessings and memorable moments. He expressed his excitement and pride for his teammates' success and looks forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Indeed, Daniels has had an incredible run in LSU's football program, leaving an indelible mark as a talented and inspiring player. As he sets his sights on the NFL, LSU fans and football enthusiasts alike eagerly await his future endeavors.
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